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Hw excerpt

Submitted by sjurgilewicz on Fri, 03/24/2017 - 13:36

If you think about it, this simple fact showcases the dominance and complexity multicellular organisms have over unicellular. Animal cells grow only in response to the other signals they receive from communication from other cells. Yeast just do whether or not they are told to do so from the inside, just whether surrounding conditions are appropriate.

Bio 285 Hw excerpt

Submitted by sjurgilewicz on Thu, 03/23/2017 - 21:02

The cell would benefit from this delay during G1 to make sure the proper conditions are present in the cell. During G1 the cell also checks for stress (starvation), checks the DNA's size and it needs to receive social signals which eventually allow for cell division. 

Occasionally there are error in sister chromatid separation caused by errors in metaphase. Was this caused by an error in the intracellular control? Would the affected cell be then headed for programmed cell death?

Cell cycle homework

Submitted by sjurgilewicz on Wed, 03/22/2017 - 15:59

If the cell had not passed through mitosis entirely, the cell would not be in the proper setup for the DNA to replicate correctly. Prophase, metaphase and the other steps in mitosis could still be going on, and the chromosomes would be in the middle of moving around and the DNA would not be accessible for replication because the chromosomes are condensed. 

Telomere HW PP

Submitted by sjurgilewicz on Fri, 03/10/2017 - 13:26

The telomere theory of aging is the theory that telomeres shorten in length each time the cell undergoes division. Telomeres provide protection to a chromosome by using repeated nucleotide sequences. If they telomere continues to shorten over time, eventually they will be gone and the chromosome will not have any protection during cell division and important DNA sequences can be lost.

Cancer treatment homework

Submitted by sjurgilewicz on Thu, 03/09/2017 - 15:18

Without knowing the mechanism behind the cancer and trying to treat it, you would basically be going in blind therefore making a treatment less effective. Scientists should also know the mechanism because they could give a therapy to a patient but actually do more harm than good. 

Antibody homework

Submitted by sjurgilewicz on Thu, 03/09/2017 - 12:28

If the b-cell receptors c-terminus did not have a hydrophobic membrane anchoring sequence, it would not be able to be anchored to the membrane. The hydrophobic portion keeps it anchored because there is fluid around the cell. If the antibody did have a hydrophobic sequence then it would not be a mobile as it is normally. Antibodies need to be mobile. The structure dictates function. 

Life After Bio personal statement excerpt

Submitted by sjurgilewicz on Wed, 03/08/2017 - 13:19

I am currently a college student enrolled at The University of Massachusetts – Amherst and my projected graduation year is May 2018. I am pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Over the past three years of being immersed in biology courses, it has occurred to me that I want to be to doing work that focuses on the bigger picture. Biology is very focused, you pick one part of a cell and focus your life’s work on that one cell. I want to be able to see my hard work affecting people first hand, right away. Helping as many people as possible in a broader sense than biology can.

Geography Paper Excerpt PP

Submitted by sjurgilewicz on Fri, 03/03/2017 - 13:26

The pollution in and around Lake Atitlan is horrifying. The sewage spilling into the lake is a major health hazard to the indigenous people living around the lake. The growth of the cyanobacteria prevents the locals from using the lake for all it is worth; they cannot swim, fish or bathe. The connecting rivers are filled with trash which then flows into the lake. It is obvious that cleanup is needed. The water treatment plant that was present and providing clean water had since been destroyed after Hurricane Stan. There is a dire need for money to be put into the land and lake cleanup, but a severe lack of it. The locals attempt to do their part in the cleanup, but only so much can be done by hand and with limited reasources. 

Geography Paper Excerpt

Submitted by sjurgilewicz on Thu, 03/02/2017 - 19:41

The pollution of Lake Atitlan is horrifying. The sewage spilling into the Lake is a major health hazard. The cyanobacteria prevents the locals from using the lake for all it is worth. They cannot swim, fish or bathe. The connecting rivers are filled with trash. There is clearly a need for infrastructure and a cleanup. The water treatment plant that was present and providing clean water had been destroyed since Hurricane Stan. There is a dire need for money to be put into the land, but a lack of it. The locals attempt to do their part in the cleanup, but only so much can be done by hand. 

Updated Introduction

Submitted by sjurgilewicz on Thu, 03/02/2017 - 17:36

The methods project was performed to help develop scientific writing skills by creating methods of a figure for a peer to follow and to follow the methods of a peer. By creating a methods, we were able to better understand how to properly write scientifically and determine the differences between observation and inference. In order to create a methods, a topic had to be chosen first. In this case it was the methods on how to recreate a figure. The figure was created first, showing the location of a moss sample on the UMass Amherst campus. Moss was selected as the subject due to its abundance on campus.

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