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The A&P Professor Podcast
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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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Dec 17, 2018

Kevin Patton responds to a question from Krista Rompolski about how often we should test our students. Updates on hair color genetics and how the somatosensory cortex is mapped. And what about those preview episodes?

00:41 | Hair color inheritance
07:07 | Sponsored by AAA
07:21 | Building body maps
10:14 | Preview episodes
11:39 | Sponsored by HAPS
12:11 | Featured: Test frequency in the A&P course

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Every science begins as philosophy and ends as art. (Will Durant)


1 | Hair color inheritance

3.5 minutes

New information about the inheritance of red hair shows that there's a lot more to it than just having two copies of the red-hair version of the gene MC1R. A lot more. Maybe its not just polygenic, but perhaps omnigenic.

  • Hair colour gene study sheds new light on roots of redheads' locks (summary of the update)
  • Genome-wide study of hair colour in UK Biobank explains most of the SNP heritability (the research article in Nature Communications)

 red-haired boy


2 | Sponsored by AAA

0.5 minute

The searchable transcript for this episode, as well as the captioned audiogram of this episode, are sponsored by The American Association of Anatomists (AAA) at

 American Association of Anatomists


3 | Building body maps

3 minutes

It turns out that all that kicking inside the uterus during the last trimester of pregnancy has a role in the mapping of our body in the somatosensory cortex.

  • Babies kicking in the womb are creating a map of their bodies (summary of the update; includes videos)
  • Newborn babies' brain responses to being touched on the face measured for the first time (some related news)
  • Developmental trajectory of movement-related cortical oscillations during active sleep in a cross-sectional cohort of pre-term and full-term human infants (the research article in Scientific Reports)

 Sensory homunculus


4 | Preview episodes

1.5 minutes

If you haven't been listening to the preview episodes released shortly before each full episode, try them out! Then let me know what you think.


5 | Sponsored by HAPS

0.5 minutes

The Human Anatomy & Physiology Society (HAPS) is a sponsor of this podcast. Did you know there's a one-day regional HAPS conference in March? Check it out. You can help appreciate their support by clicking the link below and checking out the many resources and benefits found there.

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 HAPS logo


6 | Test frequency in the A&P course

13.5 minutes

Listener Krista Rompolski calls in and asks Kevin for his opinion on the best frequency of tests for the undergraduate A&P course.

Here are some previous episodes outlining Kevin's testing practices (and why he does it that way):

Here's the episode in which The Learning Scientists talk about the value of retrieval practice

tests & exams

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