Bringing it all Together

09.25.2012

Hello! I forgot to mention this fantastic discussion I had today with Dr. Kango-Singh this afternoon. Dr. Kango-Singh is a genetics professor here at UD, and she is teaching a new class called genetics of human disease. I actually had planned on taking mycology this semester, but the class was cancelled last minute and I signed up for this genetics class instead. Well, I am not usually a fan of genetics, but I really like this class! Dr. Kango-Singh is extremely nice and friendly and knows a ton about genetics and diseases, which is something I find very interesting. So far in the class we have learned about spina bifida, trisomy 21, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, cardiomyopathy, and many others. It is really interesting because we start class with a case of a person with a scenario that ends up being diagnosed as the disease that we are going to study for that day. We then discuss generally how a system works and then how it can malfunction genetically. I have found this class to be very enlightening because it pulls together concepts that I have learned in my various classes. For example, I could tell you all of the stages of mitosis and meiosis, but I could not tell you how it works in context of real living things until today.

This afternoon I went in to meet with Dr. Kango-Singh to look over my exam from last week and we ended up having an hour long discussion on how meiosis actually works in humans, particularly females. It is an incredibly fascinating topic that is so frequently glossed over or skipped all together because it is extremely complex, but yet it is a system that we are all very familiar with. Anyways, the biologist in me was just in awe at how our bodies carry out these complicated processes as an embryo on into adult life. I won't discuss the details here for the sake of those uninterested but read about it if you have a chance. Have a great night!