Monday, November 18, 2019

More on Spelling, Case, & Grammar | Episode 56

Revisiting an earlier discussion of his hard-line stance on misspelling, host Kevin Patton clarifies the history and context of his current strategy. Plus updates on macrophages that line joints and sugar-coated RNA —and tips on safely labeling our lab models.

00:48 | glycoRNA
06:45 | Sponsored by HAPS
07:15 | Barrier Macrophages
18:17 | Sponsored by AAA
18:37 | Labeling Lab Models
32:33 | Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program
33:08 | More on Spelling
49:33 | Share the Fun!
50:27 | Staying Connected

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“Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.”  (John Dewey)


6 minutes

Yep, yet another form of RNA has been discovered. This "sugar-coated" RNA is a small, noncoding RNA called Y RNA that has been glycosylated with an N-glycan. What do glycoRNAs do? What does that mean? Listen and learn.

  • Sugar-coated RNAs could ‘alter the face of biochemistry as we know it’—if they’re real (news summary)
  • Mammalian Y RNAs are modified at discrete guanosine residues with N-glycans (research article)

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Barrier Macrophages

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We knew there were macrophages within, and upon, the synovial membrane that lines synovial joints. What we have just learned is that macrophages on the synovial membrane surface can bind with tight junctions to form a barrier layer. Go figure.

  • Macrophages form a protective cellular barrier in joints (news summary)
  • Locally renewing resident synovial macrophages provide a protective barrier for the joint (research article)

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Labeling Lab Models

14 minutes

Kathryn Chipchase is concerned about damaging her new anatomical models when labeling them with lab tape for practical tests.  So Kevin does some research. Listen to the results of his search. Oh, and find out the first rule of Tape Club, too!



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More on Spelling, Case, & Grammar

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Sometimes a student frets about the A&P course being "not a spelling course" or "not an English course" — but professional communication is an essential skill for health professionals. Why not add this statement to our syllabus and/or other course documents?

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