Up@dawn 2.0

Monday, February 24, 2014

group 3
After briefing talking about the medical professionals role in a patients life and if a doctor should be allowed to decline a procedure because of an individual ethical issue, we talked about our midterm project and how and when we wanted to get together for it. we decided that we would have our first meeting on Friday and then get together one more time maybe two until we felt comfortable with our presentation to the class. we also discussed other groups presentations and how we were excited to see them and see what the groups have to say.


  1. FQ: What stops the DNA polymerase from adding additional nucleotides to the growing DNA chain?
    A: Dideoxynucleotides or terminator nucleotides (P. 48)

    FQ: Mycoplasma genitalium has the smallest known genome. (True/False)
    A: True (P. 54)

    FQ: What is the carbon source for every protein and lipid in a Methanococcus cell? This can also be converted to methane to generate cellular energy.
    A:Carbon Dioxide (P. 55)

    FQ: The structures seen in the meteorite, ALH 84001, from Mars were produced by living nanobacterium. (True/False)
    A: False (P. 56-57)

    DQ: Are experiments, such as Marshall's experiment of swallowing a solution of Helicobacter pylori, worth risking your life to gain further knowledge of a specific organism?

    Link: Can there be gray area between religion, politics, and contraceptive?

  2. FQ: Who pioneered the plus-minus sequencing of DNA and sequenced the first viral DNA genome?
    (Fred Sanger) p.48

    FQ: T/F. Comparative genomics states that evolution tends to use the same structure/sequence over and over again if that structure plays a critical biological function.
    (True) p.53

    FQ: T/F. Archaea are more closely related to eukaryotes than prokaryotes.
    (True) p.56

    FQ: Which two enzymes had a major contribution to deciphering the genetic code?
    ( Reverse transcriptase and DNA polymerase) p.67

    DQ: Do you think major research results should be published openly to the laity or kept under strong surveillance?

    DQ#2: Does the creation of synthetic life point to the life's lack of vitalism or to the proof of Spinosa'z God?

    link: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2013/03/08/should-healthy-people-get-their-genomes-sequenced/#.Uwv7pH8g_E4

    As Dr. Ventor ha pointed out, our genome can be sequenced in one day pricing around $1000.