Some Budding Yeast I Used to Grow
A Gotye parody by UC Berkeley’s Nathaniel Krefman that is not only 100X less annoying than the actiual song, but could teach you some real biological vocabulary and lessons about how tiny organisms like yeast are used for genetic studies that even apply to humans.
Of course, the people who give money to scientists don’t always agree with that last part, which is what inspired this song in the first place.
It’s gotta do something, right?
Phobias may be memories passed down in genes from ancestors
Memories may be passed down through generations in DNA in a process that may be the underlying cause of phobias
Memories can be passed down to later generations through genetic switches that allow offspring to inherit the experience of their ancestors, according to new research that may explain how phobias can develop. Scientists have long assumed that memories and learned experiences built up during a lifetime must be passed on by teaching later generations or through personal experience. However, new research has shown that it is possible for some information to be inherited biologically through chemical changes that occur in DNA. Researchers at the Emory University School of Medicine, in Atlanta, found that mice can pass on learned information about traumatic or stressful experiences – in this case a fear of the smell of cherry blossom – to subsequent generations. The results may help to explain why people suffer from seemingly irrational phobias – it may be based on the inherited experiences of their ancestors. (via Phobias may be memories passed down in genes from ancestors - Telegraph)
THE PLOT OF ASSASSINS CREED MIGHT ACTUALLY HAVE A LEGITIMATE BASIS
In a discovery by a Harvard researcher, a reactivated gene found in embryos helps mice regrow clipped parts of their ears and toes. Could the “fountain of youth” gene hold promise for humans too?
Oh Chemistree, oh chemistree,
How lovely are your beakers.
You wish your chem lab was as cool as mine.
Der Tannenbeaker ist sehr schön.
So for our science major Christmas party, one of my professor created biology and chemistry themed christmas carols. They were way too funny not to share, and all credit goes to Dr. K! Enjoy!
It’s officially December, so have a fungal Christmas tree. Top: Talaromyces stipitatus; Tree: Aspergillus nidulans; Ornaments: Penicillium marneffei; Trunk: Aspergillus terreus.
My first scientific poster based on research I participated in this summer. !! I was so excited I had to share