Ships Log: 08-08-2080
Mission to install thought-tapping device

Get out of this body or you're dead!

Based on the body's Fight or Flight response, decide which path to take from organ to organ so that your ship can safely exit the body.

Beware of hitting stress hormones! They damage your ship and increase the body's stress level. Zap them with your medical laser.

Be careful of red and white blood cells. If you kill them they lower the body's health level. Repel them with your repulsor beam.

GAMEPLAY:

Use arrow keys to target objects.
Fire with spacebar. Or the fire button on the straight ahead view.
Repulse with "end" key. Or the repel button on the straight ahead view.

PITUITARY GLAND

During the Fight or Flight response, the Pituitary Gland releases adrenocorticotropic (ACTH) hormone to signal the adrenal cortex to produce stress hormones that stimulate the rest of the body for action. The Pituitary Gland also releases other hormones to stimulate the testes or ovaries (as the case may be) to release testosterone and to the thyroid to stimulate the metabolism. Your ship, the Exploricus, is now rushing through the blood stream, fighting its way toward an exit -- and safety!

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ADRENAL CORTEX

CORRECT CHOICE! Actually, you could have also chosen the Thyroid Gland and been correct. The Adrenal Cortex receives signals from the Pituitary Gland to release stress hormones epinephrine (adrenaline), norepinephrine (noradrenaline), and cortisol. They enter the blood stream (along with your ship, the Exploricus) and race toward the organs of the body causing the heart to beat harder and faster, and breathing to become more rapid. Hang on!

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THYROID GLAND

CORRECT CHOICE! Actually, you could have also chosen the Adrenal Cortex and been correct. The Thyroid receives signals from the Pituitary Gland to release thyroxine and triiodothyronine to stimulate the metabolism and prepare the body for action. Your ship, the Exploricus, zooms through the Thyroid Gland and flows back into the bloodstream!

LUNGS

CORRECT CHOICE! During the Fight or Fight response breathing becomes more rapid in order to oxygenate the blood as quickly as possible. Moving your ship, the Exploricus, into the lungs means you'll get a "speed boost" to exit the body that much more quickly.

LIVER

Sorry, this is the WRONG CHOICE. During the Fight or Flight response, the liver releases stored glycogen and fats to provide an energy boost to the muscles fueling them for action. Nothing wrong there. However, the liver is also responsible for filtering out toxins in the blood, and for breaking red blood cells down. If the Exploricus had followed your orders, your ship would have been mistaken for a toxin in the blood and attacked by the liver, killing you and your brave crew!

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MUSCLES

CORRECT CHOICE! During the Fight or Flight response, blood is routed toward the large muscles of the arms and legs feeding them with oxygen-rich blood and preparing them to fight or flee. Until the tension in the muscles is released or discharged, they remain tensed for action. Sending Exploricus to the muscles means it’s traveling with oxygenated blood that is being constantly recirculated at the most efficient rate the body can manage. You're on your way out!

STOMACH

Sorry, this is the WRONG CHOICE. During the Fight or Flight response blood is shunted away from the digestive system and toward larger muscles preparing the body for action. The stomach and intestines temporarily cease operations - that's why you get the "butterflies" feeling in your stomach when you're nervous. If the Exploricus had followed your orders, you and your crew would have gotten trapped in the stomach until your ship expanded like a balloon killing yourselves and the host body!

ESOPHAGUS

Sorry, this is the WRONG CHOICE. During the Fight or Flight response the esophagus can constrict and spasm, and more importantly for your ship, the Exploricus, experience acid reflux. Gastric juices enter the esophagus from the sphincter muscle between it and the stomach, melting your ship before it has a chance to escape!

BLADDER

CORRECT! As the rest of the body goes on alert, the muscles of the bladder relax. The sphincter of the bladder does contract, but sometimes in highly stressful situations the contents of the bladder are voided because the surrounding abdominal muscles are tensing. Now that your ship has reached the bladder, hang on!

SPLEEN

Sorry, this is the WRONG CHOICE. During the Fight or Flight response, the spleen contracts sending stored red blood cells into the bloodstream for improved oxygenation. That all sounds good, BUT the spleen - along with the liver - is responsible for red blood cell destruction and blood filtration. If the Exploricus had followed your orders, you and your intrepid crew would have been filtered and decomposed by the spleen!

SALIVARY GLANDS

Sorry, this is the WRONG CHOICE. During the Fight or Flight response, production of saliva stops. Your ship, the Exploricus, would have gotten stuck in your host's mouth until the quantum shrinkage destabilized and your ship expanded like a balloon, killing you and your host!
Ships Log: 08-008-2080
Mission Completed
Evacuation Successful
Abandoning Ship

Emergency Evacuation Executed

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