Cool sciencey quick post... for fun.

There seem to be a lot of biologist types and generally well-rounded nerds and geeks around here, so I thought I'd do a quick post to a really cool symposium webpage I happened upon whilst surf-reading in the last few days.

In the last five years I lost a job, went back to school and got another job. The time back in school was so much more than time back in school, though. It was wonderful. Truly wonderful.

When I left Carolina in 1982 I was a Biology/Art double major. Back then, no one knew how anything other than water moved in and out of cells. Genetics? pssh. Classical Medelian was all we had. Nuttin' but peas and fruit flies.

Fredrick Sanger had won a Nobel prize in Chemistry for inventing a way to sequence genes, but Kary Mullis hadn't yet devised the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) amplification technique (another Nobel prize winner) and genetics was truly in it's infancy.

I liked drawing sh*t, so back in the day, I preferred anatomy and botany.

When I got back to Biology classes in 2003 after 20 years vacation, things in the biology world had changed ... just a little bit. ;) They were talking about signaling pathways, Helicobactor pylori, the mechanisms of acquired antibiotic resistance and a protein misfold that causes cystic fibrosis.

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huh!!???

Needless to say, this old hardening brain was in a continuous state of amazement and frazzle -- driving from Clayton to CH daily to run for buses and walk miles to take classes in genetics and population biology, botany, developmental biology, microbiology, bacterial genetics. AAHHhh! Hardest damn thing I've ever done in my life -- and THE. MOST. FUN.

I still like to read about that stuff now. I am totally amazed by all the millions and millions of tiny little molecule manipulating machines, made of proteins, encoded by RNA which was transcribed off my DNA.

Awesome cool stuff. If ya like that kind of thing. :)

Enjoy the links!

Comments

That was beautiful.

I love that stuff!!!! Thanks. :)

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Micro was my favorite

Still is. If something is going to kill me - um, yeah.. well.

Draw us some pictures, ma'am. :)

Pictures?

The only drawing I have time for these days is doodles. Many doodles. Everywhere. I adorn the white walls of my office with them. It's the most significant thing that comes out of some conference calls. :) They ain't much, but they're better than the white walls, anyway. ;)

If anyone out there is less life science and more the engineer type (or both!), here's an interesting fora.tv talk (43 minutes) about the convergence of medicine and the microchip. Very entertaining not to mention informative.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."