Wednesday, April 30, 2008

A New & Fast Way to Produce Antibodies

— A new process to extract and copy the essential elements of cells that make human antibodies has provided a shortcut to making targeted, infection-fighting proteins known as monoclonal antibodies, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.---Scientists find a quicker way to make antibodies

The scientists find a new and quick way to make the antibodies, which are season flu, bird flu, even HIV virus. This new technique would be a new solution to most epidemics around the world. People have the hope to prevent diseases such as AIDS, bird flu, or the others. From years to one month, the scientists can make the vaccine in the shorter period.

This article brings us hope and happiness, because that means we people has a big breakthrough on the Medicare, which means lesser deaths. Although I don't want human can be alive forever (like elves), but save the lives for their goodness. If we can make efficient vaccine for HIV/AIDS and the other epidemics, out world must be wonderful. But this news doesn't mean the discover is done, the scientists and doctors must work harder. Before the full result is done, they must be patient and
careful to it.

Good to hear this!!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Bio Entrepreneur: Edward Plunket Taylor

Edward Plunket Taylor

Born Jan. 29,1901. Die May 14, 1989.
A Canadian, who was born into a wealthy family, Taylor graduated from Montreal's MxGill University in 1922 with a Bachelor of Science degree. First,he used a brewery business inherited from his grandfather which merged more than 20 other brewies into his corporation. This made Taylor's corporation became the biggest and the most successful industrial empire in the Canada.

He had been participated in WWII's effort: he was a volunteer executive in the government. Over the years, he had gained the nation's greatest controlling. Such as Canadian Food Products, Orange Crush, Standard Chemical...and many!

He also is the most remembered owner of Windfield farm, which is the biggest horse breeding site in the 20th century, produced Northern Dancer.e 20th century. By 1970, Taylor was the world’s leading horse breeder in terms of money won.e 20th century. In 1977 and 1983 he was named the winner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s Eclipse Award as the leading thoroughbred breeder in North America.

Taylor had his passion on horse racing and breeding;He was not only working- hard on his family business, but also on the farm.

According to the most articles, his farm, the windfiled is still providing the highest quality sires to the Europe market.

Ummm...., breeding racing horse...COOL!! But the demand of racing horse may decrease year after year....

After reading this article, I realized that you don't have to have your first job on the things you love---like Taylor; He got his family business to take care, but he found his way to do despite his love of horse racing. Everybody must have the different way to embody their love of the thing they cherish of.

Info citing :
E.P. Taylor. Biology Daily.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Guest Speech: All About Eyes

Last Thursday, we had a pleasure that Alex's mom gave one day to Mills for lecturing in Mr. Olson's Biology class

Dr. Pamela Fong on eye anatomy and pathology. She is a ophthalmologist, who is an expert on eyes(Of course!)

In the Class, we went through several pictures on the back of the eyes:

1. Old eyes, grayer and faint.
2. young eyes, clearer than the old one.
3. how to identify left or right eye, by the
4. diabetes's eye, which is yellow and faint.
5.blindness (dark)

I was impressed that we can see a gray ring around the iris if the people has high cholesterol. WOW!

Dr. Fong told us that we can determind a person's health, age,or even gender from the eyes, which means everyone has different eyes. And people has different line pattern on the iris.

Eye is such a complex structure of human body!

We see light and color. And we can zoom in and out. By the mother nature, we human get this gift science we were born.

Then we dissected a sheep eye. (it smells good with the preservative)
First we look at the outer surface: muscle is around it.
Then I cut it with the knife...Guess what! The jello like thing went out.
Then---I went to my track meet...sorry....

If I can dissect it again, I would love to...XDD

It's a good experience to observe our body (but not on acutal human...sheep has some-how same eyes as we have )