The statue stands six feet tall and sits near the Institute of Cytology and Genetics in Novosibirsk, Russia. Scientists built this monument to honor lab rats. It’s a symbol of gratitude for their sacrifices to science. (Source)
I’m taking a break from cytology, even if it’s an interesting subject (and I love it!). Probably due to my incoming period, I feel really disappointed about whatever I do and I feel depressed too. When you have to deal with BPD, even a natural event as premestrual syndrome comes with drama and sadness and rage. I know it may sound stereotipical, but that’s the ugly truth. I am probably the only one that loves to be on her period, really! Even if I have to deal with a huge amount of pain and fatigue. But, for real, when I’m on my period I become something in between a pacifist and a saint. Nothing can touch me. And then, eight days later, depression again. Anyway… I was thinking about writing some posts about biological oddities/curiosities, It should be interesting! I’m not the best at organization (my time seems to fly faster than others’) but I will try. Oh, and I’ll post some microscope photos when I’ll start the cytology lab. Bye!
11:14 || Here’s my first post as a studyblr blogger!! This morning I’ve started studying for my last final of the year. I know I’ve procrastinated so bad until the point of staring studying two days before taking the exam, but at least this is a subject I love, so it’s not that bad (I guess).
No more studying today! I studied 7.5 hours tody which is more than in the past 5 days. It was all about biology (neurobiology, cytology). You can see my messy desk and a few impressions of the flashcards I wrote.
Hope you´ve had (or still have) a productive day (:
Mast cell tumor. In a cat! I so rarely see cats with external masses. Surgical removal was offered to the owner, they may proceed with surgery at a later date. The purple granules throughout the photo contain substances like histamine, which cause swelling, itching, and nausea in large amounts; they can be released simply by squeezing or handling the mass and in large masses could potentially cause anaphylaxis.
Tissue sample from a corpus luteum- the structure that forms on an ovary after ovulation and produces progesterone, a hormone that helps maintain a pregnancy in the female’s body. Corpus luteum (CL) is latin for “Yellow Body” because when sliced into, the structure is yellow. When an animal is not pregnant, prostaglandin hormones cause the CL to regress, allowing the animal to go back into heat. On occasion, the CL will not regress so the animal will act like it is pregnant and not resume an estrus cycle. This is known as a retained, or persistent corpus luteum and can generally be treated with a hormone injection.
The statue stands six feet tall and sits near the Institute of Cytology and Genetics in Novosibirsk, Russia. According to the artist, Andrew Kharevich:
It combines the image of the laboratory mouse and a scientist, because they are related to each other and serve as one case. Mouse is captured in a moment of scientific discovery. If you look into her eyes, you can see that this little mouse has come up with something. But the whole symphony of scientific discovery, joy, “eureka” has not yet begun to sound.
6 remarkable Indian women who have enriched science with their pathbreaking studies.
Field of work: Organic Chemistry
Darshan Ranganathan is renowned for her research and study of protein folding, supramolecular assemblies, molecular design, and chemical simulation of key biological processes. She has also shed light on synthesis of functional hybrid peptides and synthesis of nanotubes. With her husband she edited Current Highlights in Organic Chemistry. Her life was cut short at 60 by breast cancer.
Field of work: Botany, Cytology, phytobiology, evolution studies, ethnobotany and phytogeography
Edavaleth Kakkat Janaki Ammal was a revolutionary Indian botanist and geneticist who spearheaded the research on chromosome of a wide range of garden plants, vegetables and medicinal plants from the rainforests of Kerala. She later showed interest in the medicinal plants of Himalayas. Through her dedication and hard work she finally succeeded in throwing light on evolution of species and cross –breeding of plants in wild. She was a Founder Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences in 1935 when the institution was set up by C.V. Raman.
Field of work: Organic chemistry, phytomedicine
Asima Chatterjee is noted for her contribution to the research on Vinca Alkaloids and for the development of anti-epileptic and anti-malarial medicine. Apart from this, she has written many articles and books on medicinal properties of plants found in the Indian sub-continent, in addition to carrying research on the chemistry of plant products and synthetic organic chemistry. Asima Chatterjee is the first woman recipient of Doctorate of Science by an Indian University.
Field of work: Oceanography, Meteorology
Born in a country where economy and livelihood is highly affected by the Monsoon rains, Sulochana Gadgil dedicated her life to study the rainfall that decided the fate of many farmers in large part of India. Instead of depending totally on Monsoon, she came up with strategies in collaboration with the farmers that allowed them to deal with rainfall variability and modeling ecological and evolutionary phenomena. Her research included – Monsoon dynamics, Ocean dynamics, Ocean-atmosphere coupling and Rainfall variability and its impact on agriculture.
Field of work: Theoretical Epidemiology, Writer
Sunetra Gupta’s interests are a rare amalgamation of science and literature. Whereas on one hand she works as a Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology in the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford and sits on the European Advisory Board of Princeton University Press, on the other hand she wins Sahitya Akademi Award for her novel. Her research and study of the evolution of diversity in pathogens, with particular reference to the infectious disease agents that are responsible for malaria, influenza and bacterial meningitis are noteworthy. Widely popular as one of the greatest Indian female scientists of all time, she uses simple mathematical models to generate new hypotheses regarding the processes that determine the population structure of these pathogens.
Field of work: Genetic engineering, Molecular biology
Maharani Chakravorty is a pioneer in the field of science. She did her PhD on microbial protein synthesis from Bose Institute, Kolkata, her post-doctoral training in enzyme chemistry in the laboratory of B.L Horecker at the New York University School of medicine and ‘bacterial genetics and virology’ at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Long Island in U.S.A. One of her most recognized contribution is establishment of the membrane complex of Salmonella typhimurium of having a sedimentation constant of 1000S, which is the site of not only DNA synthesis but also of RNA synthesis. After being recognized for her work in USA, she returned to India to continue her research and work in her motherland. She organized the first laboratory course on recombinant DNA techniques in Asia and Far East in 1981.
10:47 || Good morning guys! Today is my last day of study before summer! Can’t wait to be free!! Today it’s retouching time. I’ve been practising some tests and questions earlier in the morning and now I’m gonna read everything again, so I don’t forget about the little things. I’m so excited about holidays!!