Sunday, March 26, 2017

Weekly Reflection for Week of March 20 - March 26

This week we learned more about cancer and chromosomal abnormalities. Its really interesting to find out what causes certain types of genetic diseases, and how small a difference causes such a huge difference for the organism.

I'm a little worried about the quiz about this, I feel like even though I have studied that I will not do so hot. I'm going to look over my notes more to try and get ready for the quiz. I'll add to my online notes.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Examining Cancer Patient Data: Reflection

Three things I learned from this activity:

  1.  How (seemingly) closely linked cell fate and cell survival are to melanoma.
  2.  Many cancers have the same mutations.
  3. Certain chromosomes are more likely to have more mutations on them (looking at you chromosome 7, 9, and 17), and those mutations being "shared" in different cancers.

Two things that surprised or interested me:

  1.  That the mutations that occur to cause cancer are seemingly random for almost every type of cancer that was in the activity.
  2.  The research that I found:

One question that I still have:

  1. What is the differentation between cancers (when the mutations occur randomly, and completely different cancers can have the same mutations)??

Monday, March 13, 2017

Weekly Reflection for Week of March 6 - March 12

This week we did the POGIL for cell regulation and cancer, along with vodcasts 4.5 through 4.7. These were reviews on mitosis and meiosis. I'm really like learning about cancer and what causes it, its so interesting how one little mistake can just disrupt everything. 

I know that I am going to have a bit of trouble with meiosis (curse you meiosis for being so complicated!) . But I'm going to definitely add that vodcast to my notes and review my advance bio notes that have more detailed diagrams.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Weekly Reflection for Week of February 27 - March 5

This week we did the PCR lab, my band was really faint and I know that I definitely did something wrong in the lab, but it was super fun! I'm really loving this unit and it has made me fall in love with bio even more.

I adored the vocast on viruses, and I wish there were more vodcasts about it. They are super interesting and I absolutely love learning about them.

There are a few things that I don't understand and I have to work on, but currently I have been (ever so) slowly adding my vodcast notes to a bio document where I further define and flesh out basic concepts mentioned in vodcasts.

Note: I thought I'd try a new way to write these!