I really enjoyed Sasha Fisherman’s presentation and learned a lot of new information. I also appreciated Emma posting more information on horseshoe crabs. I previously knew horseshoe crabs are one of the oldest living species, but was unaware of their blue blood and how valuable it is. According to Carrie Arnold from National Geographic the lysate from their blood costs $60,000 per gallon.
Every year thousands of horseshoe crabs are plucked from the seafloor and taken to labs to extract vials of BLUE blood. This valuable liquid has an incredible coagulating property vital to developing vaccines. Within the last year, the demand for this species's blood has risen tremendously and reveals just how dependent we are upon the world's Oceans and the beings that live within them.
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I find it incredibly fascinating about not only how pencils themselves can be used as art, but also the pencil shavings as shown in the picture above.
Earlier this week, our Special Topics class was given the opportunity to get an in-depth look into the eclectic collection of cultural archives kept in the Biomedical Research Library’s Special Collection here on campus, namely through the Rare Books room on one of the upper floors, which is run by librarian Russell.
The first thing that comes to mind is how UCLA is like a forest. All of the different departments and buildings are trees within this forest. Even though all of these departments act as separate entities, they are all united under one umbrella organization that unifies and gives them an overarching vision and goal. This analogy got me thinking about mycelium and the role it plays in the forest. It connects trees in a forest and gives them shared access to nutrients and resources required to thrive.
Patient-doctor relationships seem to be under much tension recently. With constantly changing insurance plans, conflicting reports on Yelp, and patient-driven suggestions of how doctors should perform their practices has made patient satisfaction with medical care steadily decline. The American Consumer Satisfaction Index reports that the overall hospital satisfaction rate dropped 5% with inpatient satisfaction recording the largest decrease (Warren). This epidemic of overall less pleased patients begs the question of why physicians are failing to meet the needs of the patients.
In the essay “From bioethics to human practices, or assembling contemporary equipment”, Paul Rabinow and Gaymon Bennett discuss the new implications in bioethics the human genome project which attempted and was successful at completely mapping the human genome brought about. As an undergraduate scientist in STEM, I often hear the importance of collaborations and believe the Human Genome Project is the epitome of the marriage between bioethics, law, technology and engineering, and biology.
As a molecular biologist, I only have a rudimentary understanding of neuroscience and had to do a fair amount of research on brain waves before being prepared to write this blog. The Brainstorming project by Dr. Vesna and collaborators was fascinating enough to sustain me on the endeavor of reading many neuroscience papers to obtain a grasp on the human nervous system. To my understanding, emotions and behaviors arise through neuronal interactions in the brain. Synchronized electrical pulses that result from neuronal interactions produce brainwaves.
The article I chose to write about is called “Common Knowledge and Political Love”. This article brought in all the necessities of a good read, as it discussed witch-hunting, capitalism, and of course, the biological aspect of a female reproductive system. Once I read the word “witch-hunt” I knew I had to read into! The article discusses the many ways females have been exploited generations through generations of time.
With regard to hand sanitizer's slogan, "Imagine a touchable world," and many other company slogans at that, the Critical Art Ensemble dissects the common practice of using apocalyptic phrasing to tap into innate responses of people.