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Histology, microscopy, anatomy and disease
Histology, microscopy, anatomy and disease

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Week 1: Histology


Welcome to this Open University course on histology. This course is designed for students studying human biology at school or university, medical laboratory scientists and anyone interested in biomedical science.

Histology is the study of tissues and their structure, and histopathology labs are found in most hospitals. In the course you will see a histology department in action and discover how histological slides are produced.

Watch the following video in which David Male describes what you’ll be learning about over the next four weeks.

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David has been a Professor of Biology at the OU since 1999, and has a particular interest in the use of technology for teaching science. You will have a chance to experience one such approach during the course, by using a virtual microscope to examine a number of biomedical samples, just as scientists and medical professionals would explore such samples in a lab.

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