Update 17 October 2016: A SOP for a lung dissection is now available on the site: see SOP: Performing a lung dissection.
We have not written an SOP for a lung dissection, but we can add it to our list of SOPs to do.
In the meantime, the following information and suggestions may help.
- Make sure that you source dissection material from a butcher or an abattoir, so that appropriate health department checks have been conducted.
- See the following SOPs for other dissections as a comparison. They have good guidance for dissections in general:
- Consider suggesting that the students look at prepared slides of stained lung tissue showing alveoli.
- See a video resource linked to from the Science ASSIST site Biology lung dissection.
If considering conducting a lung dissection, do take note of these specific safety notes: Blowing by mouth via a piece of rubber tubing into the lungs is not a recommended procedure due to the possibility of inhaling aerosols from the lungs as the air is expelled from the lungs. It is best practice to use a bicycle pump. In addition, it is good practice to wear safety glasses in all dissections.