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Tinkering, 2nd Edition by Curt Gabrielson

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11 Biology

Exploring the Arm and Ankle Model

Tinkering with biology may bring to mind the unpleasantness of Dr. Frankenstein, cloning, or plastic surgery. But in the end, to learn the way things work, you do need to tinker with them, and this is certainly true with our own bodies. Throughout history, people have had to go great lengths to get permission or get around laws and tinker with dead people. To the extent that they were able to do this tinkering, real knowledge about body systems was slowly amassed.

Today you can easily leave your dead body to science, and in many cases it will be dissected by medical students. You won’t find a surgeon ...

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