Week 7

Horseshoe Crab Blue Blood + Paint Making

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.

Baby Blue Blood; Horseshoe Shoe Crabs & Medicine

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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Noise Aquarium + Noise Pollution

In class, we enjoyed some clips of the Noise Aquarium and Ocean meditation together. First of all, I really like the idea of the Noise Aquarium as I have never imagined how people can dive into the Ocean and listen to what marine animals will be listening to which I guess mankind is not able to do so. It is so sad that we cannot enjoy it in person during the pandemic.

Connecting the Dots

             During Thursday's class I sat back and from a 1,000 foot view I looked at all the blogs I had written thus far. In my first blog "The Art of Food Starting With Bread" I discussed how food was an artist's tool to express themselves. I mentioned one Instagram artist in particular, Vineyard Baker, and how her work was certainly inspiring in regards to the extent of detail and imagination that went into her edible pieces.

CRISPR - Covid-19 Testing

CRISPR is a technology for editing genomes by cutting targeted specific regions on the DNA sequences. This technique allows researchers to easily alter DNA sequences and modify gene function such as correcting genetic defects, treating and preventing the spread of diseases. Recently this technique has been used for the Covid19 tests as a possible solution for quicker tests for a wider population.

Week 7: CRISPR

During Week 7, we began focusing on the role of genetics and genetic engineering - specifically in CRISPR, a recently discovered innovative technology that may be (or is already) the key to changing life as we know it. CRISPR allows us to manipulate specific genomes within the genetic code of things such as plants, animals, and even humans.

CRISPR Technology

This week, we discussed CRISPR technology, something I had never seen or heard of before. Because this topic was completely new to me, I was extremely captivated and interested by the lecture. CRISPR essentially “allows researchers to easily alter DNA sequences and modify gene function.

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