Sunday, March 26, 2017

Reflection #6

How did you do on your work?

I did pretty well. Got almost everything done in a timely manner. I was also understanding and relearning inheritance pretty easily.

What do you think you understand well?

I understand the dominant/recessive inheritance pretty well, it all dealt like review and just resolidified it with me.

Where do you think you could improve?

I could have done the of the assigned hw Of  punnent squares from Monday night, but forgot, doing instead only the bioblog.

What strategies will you use to improve?

I could ask around if I forget what hw was, or email mrs. Cole.

How does the work fit in with the narrative of AP bio

We are learning about inheritance patterns, which play an important role in analyzing patients for biological relatedness.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Cancer reflection

Three things that I learned
1: there are 140 some odd genes that are concidered cancer genes
2: all cancer is caused from genetic inheritance or genetic mutation, either way genes are 100% in charge of cancer.
3 shorter chromosomes can have more cancer genes than longer ones, cancer genes are not proportionately distributed among chromosomes.

Two things that surprised me
1: scientists were able to work on this gene hunt together, and felt comfortable sharing results with eachother withought feeling protective of their own research.
2: it surprises mehow much is known about cancer, how much we learn from research every day, but how limited we remain in treatment options. 

One question 
People claim certain foods or vitamins or what not, can lessen the chances of getter ng cancer. If all cancer is genetic, then these supplements must prevent mutation? How can environment cause these mutations besides the obvious smoking or radiation? Can diet cause mutations?

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Week of March 10th

4.4, 4.5, 4.7

How did you do on your work?

I got all of my work done. I will say I felt pretty lazy the first half of the week, doing one of the vodcasts late, and not putting too much effort into the lab write up, but I felt as I did much better the half of the week, completing and understanding the vodcasts and the mitosis work packet.

What do you think you understand well?

I understand well, the concepts involved with cell cycle. I understand the differant phases, what happens during them, what checkpoints there are and what kinds of regulation occur.

Where do you think you can improve?

I think I could improve by studying the phases within mitosis/meiosis. I get the main idea of the progression of cell devision, but would have difficulty naming the phases and purposes of each contained in mitosis/meiosis.

What strategies will you use to improve?

I will need to study these, I think that is really the only way for me to solidify them in my head, I just need to maybe just commit them to memory.

How does the current work fit in with the context/narrative of the course?

We are learning about cell cycle and devision, which is super important to healthy growth of organisms. The content covered, goes over concepts important to the causes of cancer or other problems with cell cycle. It connects directly to the medical field, showing insight to what cancer is on a cellular and genetic level.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Week of March 3rd

How did you do on your work?

I did everything I needed to on time. There were no vodcast this week to do, so work load was pretty minimal. I looked over the pcr lab to understand the concepts and procedure, also to answer the questions.

What do you understand well?

I feel as If i have a firm grasp on how pcr works. Also, I have a pretty good understanding of electrophoresis as I've done it a few times now.

Where do you think you can improve?

I think I could improve on my lab edicate, namely watching what I eat before, also, maybe work on a steadier hand as to not puncture gell.

What strategies can you use to improve?

I can be more conscious of the complexity of labs, and think twice before doing something, in this case eating Oreos.

How does this work fit into the narrative/context of the course ?

It connects technology to biology, allowing for better understanding of our own genes, and of the phylogeny of those around us. We are able to see how real world DNA samples are translated Into viable information.