Mnemonics

Greek: mnēmonikós - of, relating to memory

"A device, such as a verse or formula or rhyme, used as an aid in remembering concepts. Named for Mnemosyne, the goddess of memory in Greek mythology, mnemonics are also called memoria technica. The principle is to create in the mind an artificial structure that incorporate unfamiliar ideas or, especially, a series of dissociated ideas by themselves are difficult to remember. Ideally, the structure is designed so that its parts are mutually suggestive."

Mnemonic device

"My Puppy Feels Pretty Awesome"

Explanation

Five Kingdom Classification:
Monera, Protista, Fungi, Plantae, and Animalia.


Mnemonic device

"FARM B"

Explanation

Vertebrate Classification:
Fish, Amphibians, Reptiles, Mammals, and Birds.


Mnemonic device

"The Rhythm Nearly Proved Contagious"

Explanation

Vitamin 'B' names in increasing order:
Thiamine (B1)
Riboflavin (B2)
Niacin (B3)
Pyridoxine (B6)
Cobalamin (B12)


Mnemonic device

"mt DNA"

Explanation

Mitochondrial DNA (mt DNA) properties:
Maternal Transfer
Mutates Tremendously (high mutation rate)


Mnemonic device

"IMmunoGlobulin"

Explanation

Immunoglobulin response to antigens: order of IgM vs. IgG
IgM is released first, followed by IgG.


Mnemonic device

"HIV"

Explanation

HIV infection: high-risk groups
Homosexuals/ Hemophiliacs
IV (Intravenous) drug abusers


Mnemonic device

"The Major Pathogens Concerning Complete T-Cell Collapse"

Explanation

AIDS pathogens (T-cell suppression) worth knowing:
Toxoplasma gondii
Mycobacterium avium intracellulare
Pneumocystis carinii
Candida albicans
Cryptococcus neoformans
Mycobacterium tuberculosis
CMV
Cryptosporidium parvum


Mnemonic device

"Recess Suppress"

Explanation

Tumor suppressor vs. proto-onogene mutations: recessive vs. dominant
Tumor suppressor mutations are recessive.
Proto-oncogenes are opposite (dominant).


Mnemonic device

"Stop talking nonsense!"

Explanation

Nonsense Mutation:
Nonsense mutation causes premature stop.


Mnemonic device

"PHenylketonuria"

Explanation

Phenylketonuria: which enzyme is deficient
PHenylketonuria is caused by a deficiency of:
Phenylalanine Hydroxylase.


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