This is your life!!

A model organism is a species that has been extensively studied and is used to gather necessary information about another species that cannot be as easily maintained in a laboratory setting. My model organism is the Xenopus Laevis.Image

 

I am a pigment cell and I am found in melanin granules within the skin in the African Clawed Frog.Image

In dark areas the production of Melanocyte-Stimulating Hormone (MSH) is increased which causes pigments to be dispersed, forming a lot of my cells across the skin of the frog. When this happens the organism’s skin colour become darker than before. This creates some difficulty in being seen by numerous predators. Being called a melanophore sometimes, in organisms like this model organism, I am known as a melanophore-stimulating hormone

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Last Lap

Soooo guys ‘ive come to the end of this blog and I just wanted to do a little recap of this semester.

Firstly I would by talking about the lectures and tutorials. I didn’t think that one could learn soo much in that matter of time but we managed to pull it off. The lecturer was really awesome in his teaching methods and kept us on point with our work (other lecturers should give it a try). Quiz every week in class, tested tutorials, blogging (blehhhh lol) yes it was slot but somehow fun. The labs however were more of a challenge to me and weren’t all that enjoyable lol. i sometimes found myself counting down the time to go home *hides face*. But all in all this course was a good one and I’m looking to forward to next year…..hopefully i won’t procrastinate as much with the blogging lol. Now its time to get in exam mode and see just how much I understood from it all. 

Have a nice night guys and i wish you all the best in exams! 😀

High on Proteins

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First off, no. You won’t get high. 
I promise that no matter how many Hemp Protein Granola Bars you scarf down, the only thing you’ll be feeling is really, really full (and happy, of course).

Unbeknownst to many people, hemp is one of the oldest and most versatile crops in the world, and has been cultivated for centuries. The question on everyone’s mind is undoubtedly, what is the difference between edible hemp and smoke-able hemp?

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Hemp protein is totally remarkable, as it is complete (meaning it contains all 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential ones), something not so easy to find in plant-based protein, making it an ideal choice for vegetarians and vegans. The protein in hemp is also highly digestible and easily absorbed by the body. Especially perfect for post-workout recovery, hemp is a good source of branch-chained amino acids, needed for repair and growth of lean body tissue.

sooooo for anyone that has the munchies lol

Hemp Protein Granola Bars
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup walnuts, chopped (or any other nut)
1 cup dates, chopped (or any other dried fruit)
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup hemp protein powder
1/4 cup sesame seeds
2 Tbsp. poppy seeds
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt 
3 ripe bananas
1/4 cup sunflower oil (or coconut, olive, walnut…)
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 Tbsp. maple syrup
2 Tbsp. chia seeds
6 Tbsp. water

1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. In a small bowl, mix the chia seeds and water together. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients.
4. In a food processor or blender, mix bananas, oil, vanilla, and maple syrup (you can also just mash everything together with a fork). Add chia gel and pulse to mix. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and stir until well combined. 
5. Spread the batter evenly into a baking pan (mine was 9″ x 11″), and smooth out the top with the back of a spatula. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until edges are golden brown. Let cool completely, store in airtight container and keep in the refrigerator for longer shelf life.

FUN FACTS

A person’s breath in coma smells like acetone due to ketosis wherein the body metabolizes fat cells producing ketones. 

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The feeling of fullness when we eat is due to the pH levels in our stomach. When a person’s food intake is too much, the stomach creates a more acidic environment to digest the excess food. We can taste the acidity in our burps.  

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Reasons to date a Biochemist

1. we are over exposed to latex and have become very tolerable

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2. We are “oh so smart” that you’ll never be bored….do you want to know why your poo is brown

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3. There’s no reason to see a doctor when you’re with us, we’ve just ant tested just about every bacterial disease there is

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4. We’re physiologically knowledgeable, if you’re unhappy about aphysical feature, we can GENETICALLY modify you

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5. We can hook you up with all the essential party goods….dry ice, eppie bombs and a shit load of combustible materials. What more do you want?

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6. We look extremely cut in our lab coat, especially with nothing underneath

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7. And if you leave us we will willingly use you as a lab rat and inject a virus in you

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