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Organophosphates, Hydrocarbons, and Corrosives, Oh My!: The Pathophysiology of Agricultural and Industrial Poisons

If you're like me then when you first hear the term "poison" you picture a little eerie flask with a skull and crossbones on the label. Image ...
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The Precious Pancreas: Insulin, Glucagon, and Digestive Juices

Located behind the stomach and at the back of the abdomen is the six-inch-long, tadpole-shaped pancreas. From head to tail, the pancreas extends ...
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Mitosis and Meiosis: What's the Difference?

Did you know that right now, inside your body, some of your cells are making copies of themselves? Don’t worry—that’s normal. Your cells need to make ...
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Anatomy and Physiology: Anatomical Position and Directional Terms

For those of you who have taken an A&P course (or are taking one right now), you know that before you get to learning about the body you need to ...
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DNA and RNA Basics: Replication, Transcription, and Translation

DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is one of the most important molecules in your body, and though around 99.9% of your DNA is the same as that of every ...
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Digestion's Cutest Heroes: A Dive Into the Intestinal Villi

Look how cute these little guys are! They may be teeny but they are mighty! Your intestines are full of tiny villi and even tinier microvilli. These ...
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Investigating Renal Anatomy with Human Anatomy Atlas 2020

By now I'm sure you've heard the amazing news: Human Anatomy Atlas 2020 has made its debut! Along with the awesome pulmonary and thoracic structures ...
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Exploring Thoracic and Pulmonary Structures with Human Anatomy Atlas 2020

We’ve talked about the thoracic cage and the respiratory system on the Visible Body blog before—having lungs is important, after all! With the ...
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Tiny Transportation: Active vs. Passive Transport in Cells

Today, we’re going to take a close look at the human body. I mean a really close look. That’s right—we’re talking about cells! More specifically, ...
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The Amazing Appendix: An Anatomical Mystery

Does the appendix have a purpose? It may seem like a trivial question, right up there with “what should I have for dinner tonight?” but the answer is ...
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