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Content updates and teaching advice for teachers of human anatomy & physiology (A&P) from professor, author, and mentor Kevin Patton. 

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Jan 27, 2020

Host Kevin Patton discusses issues caused by our expectations of anatomy & physiology course prerequisites and answers the question: which prerequisites work best? Recent reports of a bone-marrow recipient with donor DNA in his semen prompts a brief review of what happened. Wi-Fi fields can produce biological effects. What are they and how does Wi-Fi produce them?

00:46 | Bone Marrow Genome
07:45 | Sponsored by AAA
08:27 | Watch Out for Wi-Fi
15:19 | Sponsored by ADInstruments
16:23 | Prereqs: The Perrennial Conversation
25:03 | Sponsored by HAPI
25:50 |  Prereqs: The Good News
31:55 | Sponsored by HAPS
33:42 | Prereqs: Should We Even Have Them?
37:46 | Survey Says...
38:32 | Staying Connected

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Bone Marrow Genome in Transplant Recipients

7 minutes

Recently, the case of a bone marrow transplant recipient made the rounds. Reports mentioned that his semen contained only DNA from his donor, with none of his own DNA, which sounds weird—and perhaps not really possible. We explore what really happened—and how we might use this story to teach A&P.

  • Thanks to Leslie Walker for the tip!
  • After bone marrow transplant, man’s semen contains only donor’s DNA—His strange situation could affect the future of forensic science. (news item)
  • When a DNA Test Says You’re a Younger Man, Who Lives 5,000 Miles Away (more thorough news item)
  • The Case of a Man With Two Sets of DNA Raises More Questions (follow-up to the previous news item)
  • What Is Chimerism? (more than you wanted to know about this term)

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Sponsored by AAA

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Watch Out for Wi-Fi

7 minutes

Wi-Fi forms an EMF (electromagnetic field) that can produce unwanted biological effects in  humans. In this segment, we explore them, as well as the proposed mechanism. That mechanisms is based on a core concept of physiology that we can leverage for showing students how "all that detail" can help them understand contemporary health issues.

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Sponsored by ADInstruments (NEW SPONSOR)

1 minute

ADInstruments provides the PowerLab data acquisition systems, Lt online learning platform, and content for laboratory solutions in physiology, anatomy, and biology. They support engaging, hands-on learning with simple set-up and high quality data.

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Prerequisites | The Perennial Conversation

8.5 minutes

Since the dawn of time, anatomy & physiology faculty have pondered the best required prerequisites for their course. Kevin relates his surprising take on those conversations.

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Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program

0.5 minute

The Master of Science in Human Anatomy & Physiology Instruction—the MS-HAPI—is a graduate program for A&P teachers. A combination of science courses (enough to qualify you to teach at the college level) and courses in contemporary instructional practice, this program helps you power up  your teaching. Kevin Patton is a faculty member in this program. Check it out!

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Prerequisites | The Good News

6 minutes

If we know the secret (revealed only to the truly enlightened 😉), prerequisites (no matter what they are) can be a key part to the big picture of learning in our courses. Listen to this segment to learn how.

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Sponsored by HAPS

2 minutes

The Human Anatomy & Physiology Society (HAPS) is a sponsor of this podcast.  You can help appreciate their support by clicking the link below and checking out the many resources and benefits found there. Don't forget the HAPS Awards, which provide assistance for participating in the HAPS Annual Conference.

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Prerequisites | Should We Even Have Them?

4 minutes

Umm... yes. But why? And how? And what, exactly? Listen and find out where Kevin lands on these questions!

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