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Lab 19 Reproductive System

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    At the end of this lab, you will be able to…

    1.       Correctly use anatomical terminology to identify the organs and tissues associated with the male reproductive system
    2.      Correctly use anatomical terminology to identify the organs and tissues associated with the female reproductive system
    3.      Determine the role of the tissue and organs of the reproductive system for overall regulation of homeostasis  


    Pre-Lab Exercises:

    After reading through the lab activities prior to lab, complete the following before you start your lab.

    1.      The organs of the male reproductive system include:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 .
    2.      The organs of the female reproductive system include:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 .
    3.      The reproductive system will begin to differentiate at                                  weeks of fetal development when a spike in the hormone                                                            occurs.
    4.      Color the images for use as a reference for identifying the organs.




    • Torso Model
    • Reproductive Models
    • Stickers
    • Felt Pens
    • Colored Pencils
    • Traits Tables
    • Coins


    The reproductive system is a dimorphic system that is “gender specific” and has differential functions for each gender.  System begins to develop around week 5-6 as prototypical gonads and then when a spike of Testosterone occurs, male gonads begin to develop, and differential morphology is seen at 10 weeks.  While, within the developing female the initial cell division of the gametes are taking place leading to the development of primordial follicles.
            Functionality of system doesn’t occur until puberty when a spike in testosterone leads to male development and estrogen/progesterone leads to female development.   For the female, the development and acquisition of ornamental (subcutaneous) fat deposits are needed for developing a functional reproductive system that also is associated with musculoskeletal adjustments within pelvic bowel necessary for gestation and birthing.  While both morphologies have the primarily responsibility for the generation of gametes and structures that allow for the fusion of gametes for the production of viable offspring, each provides different stimulus for morphology changes throughout the lifespan of the individual. 
            The principal organs of the female reproductive system are the uterus, ovaries, external genitals, and mammary glands.   System provides the organs and secretions that provide protection and support during gestation (the growth, development and maturation) of the offspring. the principal organs of the male reproductive system are the testes, penis, and prostate gland.   Where regardless of the individual all hypothalamic regulation is based on estradiol feedback on gonadotropic cells of the hypothalamus, with for males some involvement with testosterone as well.  These gonadotropic cells are principally found in the Anterior, Lateral, Paraventricular, Pre-optic, Ventromedial Nuclei and Mammary Body of the hypothalamus. These same nuclei are also sensitive to thermoreceptors, which is one of the rationales for “hot flash” issues females have during the menopause sequence or during hormone replacement therapy.  All of which also have involvement with psychological and somatic responses and modulation of oxytocin and prolactin production & release from pituitary along with a regulation and modulation from Agouti-Related Protein, NPY and Leptin via the regulated release of Kisspeptin that modulates GnRH release.
            Reproduction will lead to fertilization and then gestation of the fetus.  Gestation is the period of offspring development that includes the stages of (fertilization and formation of zygote, embryogenesis and neurulation, morphogenesis and maturation of the fetus and birthing) during which the offspring not only grows (from single cell to billions and billions of cells) but also elaborates and undergoes cell specialization in both structure and function in the offspring. 
            Additionally, reproduction deals with the ideas of genetics and inheritance of traits from parents by the offspring child that is best described by reviewing the mendelian laws of genetic inheritance and issues of genetic modifications that influence the development of the offspring both during gametogenesis and following fertilization (during the period of gestation).  Beyond these laws of inheritance, there are issues during development that can influence the morphological development of the offspring that are known as teratogens.  Lastly, over the last decades we have built a better understanding regarding the issues of what a female (and male) can, or cannot, do that influence the development of functional gametes, fetal development and health of the offspring following gestation.



    Activity 1: Male Reproductive Anatomy


    Male Reproductive Anatomy

    1 Penis                                    1a Glans Penis

    1b Head of Penis                     2 Testicle

    3 Seminiferous Tubule           4 Scrotum

    5 Epididymis                          6 vas Defrens (Ductus Defrens)

    6a Ampulla of Seminal Vesicles

    6b Ejaculatory Duct

    7 Corpus Cavernosum            8 Corpus Spongiosum

    9 Urethra                                 10 Seminal Vesicles

    11 Prostate Gland                   12 Cowper’s (Bulbourethral) Gland

    13 Urinary Bladder                 14 Pubic Bone

    14a Suspensory Ligament      15a Dorsal Penile Vein

    15b Dorsal Penile Artery        15c Penile Nerve

    16a Tunica Albuginea            16b Buck’s Fascia

    16c Areolar Tissue


    Color each structure or organ a different color to assist with identification



    Testicular and Sperm Anatomy

    1a Spermatocord                     1b Gonadal Vein

    1c Gonadal Artery                  1d Nerve to Testicle

    2 Epididymis                          2a Efferent Duct

    2b Epididymal Duct                3 vas Defrens (Ductus Defrens)

    4 Lobule of Testis                   4a Septum of Lobule

    4b Rete Testis                         5 Capsule

    6 Seminiferous Tubule          


    13a Head of Sperm                 13b Midpiece of Sperm

    13c Tail of Sperm                   14a Acrosomes

    14b Haploid Nucleus              15 Mitochondria

    16 Flagellum


    Color each structure or organ a different color to assist with identification

    1.      Obtain torso and reproductive models, stickers and felt pen.
    2.      Write the organs and structures that you should be able to identify on the stickers
            Testicle, Epididymis, Spermatocord, vas Defrens (Ductus Defrens), Scrotum, Prostate Gland, Seminal Vesicles, Penis, Glans Penis, Corpus Cavernosum, Corpus         Spongiosum
    3.      Take turns within your group to label the structures. As you label indicate the function of the organ or structure for the excretory system





    Vas Defrens (Ductus Defrens)




    Prostate Gland


    Seminal Vesicles


    Corpus Cavernosum


    4.      Have your instructor check your labeling before moving to Activity 2.



    Activity 2: Female Reproductive Anatomy

    1.      Obtain torso and reproductive models, stickers and felt pen.
    2.      Write the organs and structures that you should be able to identify on the stickers
            Ovary, Fallopian (Uterine) Tube, Uterus, Cervix, Vagina, Mammary Gland, Lactiferous Sinus, Nipple, Areola (and glands)


    Female Reproductive Anatomy

    1 Vagina                                                 1a Vaginal Orifice

    1b Skene’s Gland                                    2a Labia Minora

    2b Labia Majora                                     3 Clitoris

    4 Mons Pubis                                          5 Vestibule

    6 Cervix                                                  6a Fornix

    7 Fimbriae & Fallopian Tube                 8 Ovary

    9a Round Ligament                                9b Uterosacral Ligament

    10 Uterus                                                11 Pubic Bone

    12 Urinary Bladder                                 12a Urethra

    12b Anal Triangle                                  12c Urogenital Triangle

    13 Colon                                                 13a Anus

    14 Mammary Gland (Lobes)                  14a Lobular Duct

    15 Lactiferous Sinus                               15a Nipple

    15b Areola.                                             16 Blood Vessel

    17 Adipose Tissue                                  18 Costal

    18a Pectoralis Major

    Color each structure or organ a different color to assist with identification



    Ovarian and Uterine Anatomy

    1 Follicular Phase

    1a Menstruation of Endometrium

    1b Endometrial Proliferation Phase

    2 Ovulation                             2b Endometrial Secretory Phase

    3 Luteal Phase                         3a Endometrial Sloughing Phase

    4a Fundus of Uterus                4b Body of Uterus

    4c Isthmus of Uterus               4d Cervix of Uterus

    4e Endometrial Gland             5a Fimbriae

    5b Fallopian/Uterine Tube     6 Ovary

    7 Primordial Follicle              8 Primary Follicle

    9a Mature Follicle                  9b Secondary Oocyte

    10 Primary Follicle                 11 Ovulate

    12a Corpus Luteum                12b Corpus Albicans

    13a Ovarian Ligament            13b Ovarian Suspensory Ligament

    14 Broad Ligament                 14b Uterosacral Ligament

    15 Vagina                               15a Vaginal Orifice

    16 Rugae of Vagina


    Color each structure or organ a different color to assist with identification

    3.      Take turns within your group to label the structures. As you label indicate the function of the organ or structure for the excretory system





    Fallopian (Uterine) Tubes






    Mammary Gland


    Nipple and Areola


    4.      Have your instructor check your labeling before cleaning up your area.


    Activity 3: Heredity and Reproduction

    The formation of gametes occurs via the process of meiosis, where at the end of the process cells that are formed will contain ½ the allotment of chromosomes as the original cells in the process. So that when they interact and form the zygote, the cell will have the correct allotment of chromosomes.  The key steps during the formation of gametes lead to variability of the genes (and physical characteristics) seen in offspring, relative to parents.  
    The stages of gametogenesis that lead to this genetic diversity are based on Mendel’s laws of inheritance.  The two that are very important remember are the laws of independent assortment and the segregation of the alleles (genes).  Which indicates that genes can be “assigned” independent of all other genes to any of the gametes and can be exchanged between chromosomes independent of any other gene on the chromosome during both the formation of the gametes. Not only will the genes be “assigned” independently during the process of forming the gamete, but they can also assemble in the zygote independently, too.  We can examine the likelihood of genes being passed from the parent to the offspring through the development of the Punnett Square.
    The Punnett Square is the process by which we indicate the various possible genes that each parent can contribute for given physical traits and then the possible combinations that each possible contribution can be seen in the offspring.  All these chances of how genes separate and then coalesce in the zygote gives us distinct probability charts that we can use for predicting what the child might express.  In examining these probabilities there are two things that we always must remember. First, the chance of getting any single gene from a parent is random (a flip of the coin). Second, the chance of having the gene being expressed is based on the concept of dominance. Where the child has equal chance of getting any copy of any gene that the parent has but will express those genes based the resulting combination of genes from both parents. In which, dominant traits will always have some degree of being expressed (depending on being fully dominant or having a co-dominance or an incomplete dominance expression) while the recessive traits are only expressed when the person has two identical recessive genes (homozygous recessive).
    To examine this concept, we will be exploring the genetic inheritance and probability of expressing traits for one’s facial features.

    1.      Determine the genotype for your facial features


    Dominant (Phenotype)






    QQ (Wide)

    Qq (Average)

    qq (Narrow)

    Lip (Thickness)

    JJ (Thick)

    Jj (Thick)

    jj (Thin)


    KK (Present)

    Kk (Present)

    kk (absent)

    Face (Freckles on Cheeks)

    ($)($) (Present)

    ($)$ (Present)

    $$ (Absent)

    Face (Freckles on Forehead)

    (A)(A) (Present)

    (A)@ (Present)


    Face (Shape)

    RR (Round)

    Rr (Oval)

    rr (Sqaure)

    Face (Chin-Prominence)

    LL (Prominent)

    Ll (Less Prominent)

    ll (not Prominent)

    Face (Chin-Shape) —Linked with Prominent Chin

    SS (Round)

    Ss (Oval)

    ss (Sqaure)

    Face (Chin-Cleft) –Linked with Prominent Chin

    CC (Cleft Present)

    Cc (Small Cleft Present)

    cc (Absent Cleft)

    Nose (Shape)

    UU (Rounded)

    Uu (Rounded)

    uu (Pointed)

    Nose (Size)

    NN (Big)

    Nn (Medium)

    nn (Small)

    Ears (Lobe Attached)

    ZZ (Free)

    Zz (Free)

    zz (Attached)

    Ears (Hairy)

    DD (Present)

    Dd (Present)

    dd (Absent)

    Eyes (Color)—


    FFBB (Dark Brown)

    FFBb (Brown)

    ffbb (Pale Blue)


    FFbb (Brown)



    FfBB (Brown)



    FfBb (Dark Blue)



    Ffbb (Dark Blue toward Green)



    ffBB (Light Blue or Gray)



    ffBb (Light Blue toward Gray-Green)


    Eyes (Size)

     II (Large)

    Ii (Medium)

    ii (Small)

    Eyes (Shape)

    VV (Almond)

    Vv (Almond)

    vv (Round)

    Eyes (Distance between)

    OO (Close)

    Oo (Less Close)

    oo (Far Away)

    Eyes (Eyebrow Thickness)

    TT (Thick)

    Tt (Thick)

    tt (Thin)

    Eyes (Eyebrow Placement)

    EE (Far Apart)

    Ee (Near but not touching)

    ee (Touching @ midline)

    Eyelash (Length)

    MM (Long)

    Mm (Long)

    mm (Short)

    Eyes (Lash Style)

    MM (Prominent & Robust)

    Mm (Prominent & Thin)

    mm (Non-Prominent &Thin)

    Hair (Style/Type)

    WW (Curly)

    Ww (Wavy)

    ww (Straight)

    Hair (Widow’s Peak)

    PP (Present)

    Pp (Present-less pronounce)

    pp (Absent)

    Hair (Color)—


    HHHH/HHHH (Black)

    HHHH/HHHh (Dark Brown)

    HHHH/hhhh (Blond)


    HHHH/HHhh (Dark Brown)

    hhhh/hhhh (Platinum Blond)


    HHHh/HhHh (Brown)



    HhHh/Hhhh (Light Brown)



    Hhhh/Hhhh (Dark Blond)


    Hair (Red Color Presence)

    GG (Red Present)

    Gg (Blended Red)

    gg (Absent)

    Skin (Color)—



    (Very Dark Brown or Black)


    (Very Dark Brown, not Black)

    aaa/aaa (Very Light Tan or Pale)


    AAA/Aaa (Dark Brown)



    AAA/aaa (Medium Brown



    AAa/aaa (Light Brown)



    Aaa/aaa (Light Tan, not Pale)



    2.      Create a table of phenotypes and genotypes that are possible for each parent in your pairing.

    a.      Use yourself as 1 parent and your lab partner as the other parent.












    Father flips a coin to determine child’s gender










    Lip (Thickness)










    Face (Freckles on Cheeks)





    Face (Freckles on Forehead)





    Face (Shape)





    Face (Chin-Prominence)





    Face (Chin-Shape) —Linked with Prominent Chin





    Face (Chin-Cleft) –Linked with Prominent Chin





    Nose (Shape)





    Nose (Size)





    Ears (Lobe Attached)





    Ears (Hairy)





    Eyes (Color)





    Eyes (Size)





    Eyes (Shape)





    Eyes (Distance between)





    Eyes (Eyebrow Thickness)





    Eyes (Eyebrow Placement)










    Eyes (Lash Style)





    Hair (Style/Type)





    Hair (Widow’s Peak)





    Hair (Color)-- Polygenic





    Hair (Red Color Presence)





    Skin (Color)-- Polygenic





    3.      Determine the Genotype for the child:

    a.      To determine the gender of the child, have the father will flip the coin

    i.     HEADS=Girl, TAILS=Boy

    Think about question: EXPLAIN WHAT THE COIN REPRESENTS

    b.      If the parent is heterozygous for a trait, then that person will have to flip a coin to determine which allele is passed to the child.

    i.     Designate HEADS=Dominant and TAILS=Recessive
    ii.     If both parents are heterozygous, each will flip the coin (simultaneously) for each of the trait that is heterozygous on the chart. 

    1.      Results of the allele assortment is as follows:

    a.       Two tails indicate homozygous recessive trait expressed.
    b.      One head and One tail indicate heterozygous trait expressed
    c.       Two heads indicate homozygous dominant trait expressed.
    d.      For Polygenic traits flip the coin each time for the individual genes within the polygenetic trait.

    c.      If the parent is homozygous then simply write the only allele that can be passed to the child in the designated area
    d.      Record the outcome of genotype for the child based on the results of the coin flips

    4.      Record the phenotype that the child

    a.      Based on results of the combination of alleles, compare the child’s genotype with the indicate characteristic for facial features
    b.      Write the phenotype that is expressed based on the results of the genotype combination.

    5.      To the best of your ability, draw a representation of the outcome of all flips to create a drawing of the child that results from the two parents in this lab.

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