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Site Announcements
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Though it has been a long time in coming, the Virtual Pig Dissection web site has finally been redesigned and overhauled. The same basic information as before is available, but there have been some significant changes other than the basic look of the site, and it is hoped that these changes will provide a more interesting experience for the user.

The first major change are the diagrams themselves. Due to popular request, each diagram has been completely redone in color to make the diagrams clearer and easier to view.

The other major change is how the information on each organ is retrieved. Users may now locate an organ on the diagram by pointing their mouse over an organ. If information on that organ is available in that section of the site, an isolated, highlighted view of that organ will appear to the left hand side, and that organ's definition will display above the diagram. This new interface should make viewing the information more dynamic and user-friendly, and should help those unfamiliar with the pig's anatomy as they can move their mouse aimlessly through each diagram and learn the locations of each organs as they go.

Three new features have also been added to the site to further aid students in their studies. The first is a printable study guide, which consists of improved diagrams, organ listings, and a glossary of terms in alphabetical order. The second new feature is an online quiz, which should further aid students in their study of fetal pig anatomy. Finally, a simple message board has been added so visitors may post questions and have those questions answered by anyone visiting the site. Please see the disclaimer and usage agreement for more information.

I hope everyone visiting this site likes these new changes. If you have any comments you wish to share with me in regards to the site's design, please feel free to email me at s_mich@hotmail.com. Only with suggestions and feedback from users can this site continue to improve and grow.

-Steve

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Explanation of Vein and Artery Coloration
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The pink and blue colorations for arteries and veins (respectively), though not true to nature, is provided as a means of differentiating between the two types of blood vessles. In an actual dissection, substances of these colors are often injected into the veins and arteries for students to better determine what blood vessle they are viewing. This site attempts to keep with this convention for easier viewing of the diagrams.

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Disclaimer and Usage Agreement
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This site is intended as a study tool for high school and college biology students. It contains information which may be considered graphic or disturbing in nature to some younger children. This site is not intended for children under 13, and parental guidance for children under 13 is advised. The creator of this site is not responsible for any misuse of the materials on this site.

The message board is publically available; registration is not required. Discussions must be on topic (i.e. involving dissection). Any off topic discussions and/or messages will be deleted. Illegal materials are not allowed to be posted. Any illegal information posted will be deleted. If on topic information is posted from a publication or web site, please include a reference to the source of the material. The creator of this site is not responsible for any illegal content posted on the message board.

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