Saturday, March 25, 2017

Reflection #6

How did you do on your work?
This week we spent a lot of time revisiting Mendelian genetics and chromosomes in general, and I think that I answered the vodcast questions well, and generally had a good sense of what was going on. I also was happily surprised by how much I remember about the genetics unit from advanced bio sophomore years. We also finished our activity yesterday quickly and I think got the overall concept.




What do you think you understand well?
I definitely understand Mendelian genetics really well, and how the Punnett squares work. I also understand the idea of crossing over pretty well, also and the idea of independent assortment. I have a good handle on cancer as well. 

Where do you think you can improve?
 I think I can improve on figuring out how to see the picture. I was a little confused by the gene placement on the chromosomes and about how cancer can vary so much just within one type. I also think I need to work on pulling all of these parts together, with mitosis, meiosis, chromosomes, genes, etc. so that I have a deeper understanding of what's really going on.



What strategies will you use to improve?
I think reviewing the material and my notes and trying to find connections between the different subjects will help me a lot. As opposed to having a lot of it go right over my head when I'm writing down vodcast notes, I need to review what I'm writing and make sure I have a thorough understanding of everything. 

How does the work we are doing fit into the context/narrative of the course? 
This all comes back to genetic variation and populations, when it comes to reproduction and chromosomes. This also comes back to DNA, because that is what chromosomes are composed of and is a look deeper into offspring and how their traits are inherited. It also comes back to probability, and the overall makeup of the human population. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

3-2-1 Analysis

3 things I learned from the activity:
The first thing I learned is that there is a lot more variation between patients with the same type of cancer than I thought. The second thing that I learned was that there are also some small similarities between entirely different cancers, including the same genes that are affected by the cancer. I also learned that there are certain chromosomes that are more likely to be affected by the cancer, such as chromosome 17.

2 things that surprised or interested me:
I was surprised that colorectal cancer is now being seen in younger people, and I'm interested to see if they will be able to prove effectively that it is related to the obesity epidemic. I also was interested by the fact that some cancers affected a lot of genes and some affected only two.

1 question I still have:
How can these cancers vary so much within the same type?

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Reflection for Week of March 5 through March 10

How did you do on your work?
This week, I think I did well on my work because I understood the vodcast questions and I was able to finish the packet from class without a lot of trouble. I worked pretty efficiently and I was glad I worked hard in class so my homework wasn't as bad. I also was able to make up some work because I missed school.

What do you think you understand well?
I think I understand the cell cycle and the checkpoints well. We spent a lot of time on it sophomore year, and I actually find myself remembering a lot of the information. Some of the chromosome information is a little confusing to me, about remembering haploid and diploid, etc. otherwise, I think I understand everything else pretty well.

Where do you think you can improve?
In terms of improvement, I am only confused really on some of the chromosomes transfer numbers, so I could just rewatch those vodcasts to ensure that I have a grasp on all of the concepts. Also, I still need to slow down when watching the vodcasts because I often rush through them, as I am crunched for time. If I slow down I think I would save time in the long run in terms of understanding. I also should begin studying this weekend for the bio test because I have a lot of skiing and missed school coming up.

What strategies will you use to improve?
Whoops I guess I already sort of answered this, I want to slow down when watching the vodcasts at home to make sure I have a better understanding. I also will begin reviewing vodcasts for the test as well.

How does the work we are doing fit into the context/narrative of the course?

The work we are currently doing pulls everything back into just cells and the basics of how they work. But it also brings it back into DNA replication and the overall process in which it occurs. It also starts to relate back to variation, and how it occurs with mutations and chromosomes, which was involved in earlier units.

Sunday, March 5, 2017


 Reflection for Week of February 28th through March 3rd

How did you do on your work?
This week was largely spent on the PCR lab, and while I had a lot of fun doing it, and I thought I did it well, I was disappointed that I didn't get any real data. I felt like I had a really good grasp of PCR, and I felt pretty confident on the quiz as well. The virus vodcast made a lot of sense to me as well, besides a few specifics that I think I can get that cleared up soon.

What do you think you understand well?
I understand PCR really well I think, and I feel pretty confident on actually performing it as well. I also think viruses made a lot of sense to me, though I think I need to back that up a little bit more. Otherwise, I'm feeling pretty good about where I am.

Where do you think you can improve?
In terms of improvement, I need to get a better grasp of the lab we are completing. I understood everything that had to do with PCR, but right now I feel like I'm not getting the bigger picture of what the analysis is and how it is translating into a major write up lab. 
 
What strategies will you use to improve?
 I think my understanding of the lab could improve if I reread everything we did in class. I think I was rushing for most of it and didn't take the time to fully comprehend what we were doing at the time. I'll also try to thoroughly answer the questions that go with it, because I think that will help me further understand it as well.

How does the work we are doing fit into the context/narrative of the course?
The work we are currently doing pulls everything back into the genetics part of the course, especially with Hardy Weinberg and even chromosomes and DNA replication. PCR also fits well into our look into modern day science, as it is utilized often in the science world. Learning about cloning, etc. puts a new spin onto DNA replication and the reproduction we had previously learned about. Also, the new information about the ethics of "designer babies" is a different perspective about the randomness of replication.