Tuesday, April 28, 2009

FREE lab simulations

How about some FREE online laboratory simulations?

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) offers FREE Biointeractive activities at their website, including these virtual labs that may work in your A&P course:

The Cardiology Lab

The focus of this lab is on heritable diseases of the heart. You are cast here as a virtual intern to accompany a doctor examining three different patients. Each patient is examined using more than one diagnostic tool, and at each stage, the doctor will invite you to examine the patient yourself and ask for your opinion.

The Neurophysiology Lab

Record electrical activities of individual neurons while you deliver mechanical stimulus to the attached skin. Inject fluorescent dyes into the neurons to visualize their morphology. Identify the neurons based on the morphology and the response to stimuli, comparing them to previously published results.

The Immunology Lab

Components of the immune system called antibodies are found in the liquid portion of blood and help protect the body from harm. Antibodies can also be used outside the body in a laboratory-based assay to help diagnose disease caused by malfunctions of the immune system or by infections.

This virtual laboratory will demonstrate how such a test, termed an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), is carried out and show some of the key experimental problems that may be encountered.

These labs are also listed along with more FREE ONLINE STUFF at The A&P Professor website.

[Lab descriptions are from the HHMI Virtual Labs web page]

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