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Competitive triathlon training affects your DNA

Competitive triathlon training affects your DNA

Our DNA is located in 23 pairs of chromosomes. These chromosomes have genes located at specific locations that contain the recipes for everything made by our bodies. The ends of the chromosomes have telomeres, which are repeating sequences of specific base pairs (the alphabet of our DNA) that don’t code for anything and act like … Continue reading

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In a small study, a group of researchers found that sub-elite triathlon training is correlated with improved DNA health. Read more on my blog.
Valentine's Day is about passion right? So what happens when we share our passions in a citizen science project? We find out the migratory and seasonal abundance of more that 600 bird species. At least that's one of the outcomes of eBird, a project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Read more from the main page of my blog. Map: Image provided by eBird (www.ebird.org) and created 2020 Photo: Tai Munro
To celebrate the International Day for women and girls in science I chose a random female researcher from the department I did my undergrad in (biology at the University of Alberta), chose a paper that sounded intriguing and worked to break it down. So I give you Rebecca Case's work on sunscreen in cyanobacteria. I hope I did her work justice, it was fascinating to read and I learned a lot. Check out the post by following the link in my profile to the most recent post. 📷: Aleksey Nagovitsyn (User:Alnagov) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16233083
That means the hare that left the tracks in the last post was travelling north. 📷: Alyson Hurt (CC BY-NC 2.0)
These are the tracks of a snowshoe hare. Do you know which way it was travelling? Stay tuned to find out if you're right.
First time trying out a microscope that attaches to my phone and what better subject than newly fallen snow. The flakes yesterday were big and fluffy thanks to their many branches. Also, did you know that all snowflakes are hexagonal (six sided)? Still have some work to do to control the focus, but perhaps not while crouching outside in the snow.

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