Replicate me

Last week was all things DNA. I shall not give a long intro because the student posts speak for themselves. So, here is our week in review (2/13-2/17) from Avienna Simpson and Karylle Abella.

Avienna Begins: 

It's been such a long and crazy week; thank goodness it's over! Over this past week, we've been focusing on DNA Replication, Transcription, and Translation. Sounds simple enough, but who knew that so much work went into replicating our cells, and that it's happening at this very moment? Wednesday and Thursday were spent trying to make sure we'd gotten these processes down pat in time for our pretty big test that we took on Friday. I don;t know about you guys, but I'm looking forward to next week-- we're turning E. Coli blue!!

Karylle Concludes:

I think it is safe to say that most of us in AP Bio are more than happy because another tormenting test just passed. With jokes aside, in my opinion, nothing overbearingly interesting happened this week, though we learned about transcription and translation. Doesn’t that sound interesting? Well, to some degree it was and it wasn’t. Did you know that parts of our DNA sequence are not needed? Or, the idea that there’s something called the “TATA” box? [laughs]The TATA box is where transcription of the mRNA starts. To answer my first question, during transcription there are parts called introns and exons, the introns are spliced off and the exons are connected together to form the sequence that’s going to be used. With that being said, the somewhat not interesting part was we took seemingly endless notes. What about the rest of the week? We bombarded our brains with information that would ready us for the dreaded test, again, thank heavens… “It’s over.”