The Intrinsic Pathway to the Christmas Factor

SO THAT'S THE ENTIRETY OF THE COAGULATION CASCADE. EASY, RIGHT? MOVING ON

 Do modern classrooms allow you to simply take a smartphone photo of the whiteboard? I think it would certainly amplify the ease in copying down this nightmare that everybody, without fail, forgets 3 days after they take their ASCP BOC exam. 

I have a new drinking game. Let's play "pin the kallikrein on the coagulation cascade". Whoever comes closest doesn't have to drink and the rest of your buddies do. I sense a pattern of lab drinking games

You thought once you learned photosynthesis, the krebs cycle (citric acid cycle), glycolysis, pentose phosphate pathway, etc. that you'd be done with all of this random cramming of cycles and pathways. Then you decided to become an med lab scientist/tech. You masochist. 

Coagulation is brimming with an amalgam of sweet topics-- I mean you have the Christmas factor, so there's that. Russell's Viper Venom? I'm not sure what Russell did to figure this one out but tops marks to you, Russ, whoever you are. (Oh it's the name of the viper? Daboia russelii? Fair enough). An entire mutation dedicated to the city of Leiden in the Netherlands.  Lupus anticoagulant? Which acts as a COAGULANT not an anticoagulant within the body? And most people with it DON'T have Lupus? I love it. Coag is a total wild card. 

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