Another beautiful weekend! Hope that you enjoyed it. I did. Didn't make it to the play unfortunately... time slipped away.
Well, this week in class we have a transition to make. Monday we will take a brief amount of time to conclude our study of Photosynthesis and in doing so, we will close the book on Metabolism. For those of you gone on the field trip on Friday, we will catch you up.
After this, we will focus on Nucleic Acids for essentially the remainder of the semester. When it is all said and done, we will have learned about DNA structure, replication, transcription, translation, cloning, recombinant DNA technology, genetic testing, mutations, Polymerase Chain Reaction, and some other stuff that I can't think of right now. I think that we will learn a lot in this remaining time.
As far as this week goes, we will do a quick DNA isolation from banana tomorrow just for the heck of it, learn about chromosomes and chromatin, do some karyotyping and engage in a debate. The topic: do we know too much?? That is, does our current capacity to perform genetic testing violate ethical, legal and privacy boundaries? Well, to find out, we will spend a day in the library this week (wednesday or thursday, depending on availability). The debate will occur on Friday as an alternate form of an article discussion.
Well, I guess I'll be seeing you period 7... be there or be square.
This week's trivia question: What Classic Greek anatomist/ physiologist, who coined the term "pneuma", was known to rob graves and take washed up bodies to dissect them? And to what does the term "pneuma" refer?