I began my Biotechnology course at the university of Pavia in October 2010. I just turned 19 and luckily the first semester of this course started somehow smoothly. Since in Italy there is a great discrepancy between high schools, universities tend to use the first semester of the first year of each course to put… Continue reading How did Mendel discover inheritance?
Just before finishing high school I realised that what I was most curious about was figuring out how our brain works and how it is possible that chemical and electric signals can be converted in such complex behaviours as it could be having memories or feelings and in general everything we do in our everyday… Continue reading How do plants absorb and transport water?
Today I would like to drift a bit aside from Biology and move on to my last year of high school, when after two years of Chemistry and Biology we started studying Astronomy. We moved from studying atoms and molecules in the infinitely small to study atoms and molecules in the infinitely big and in… Continue reading Are we all made of stardust?
After some posts about the DNA, I would like to move on and talk about how the genetic information contained in the nucleus is actually translated into “concrete things” that will eventually generate living beings as we know them. Unfortunately, during the Biology course I did in high school we just received a small sneak… Continue reading How are proteins affecting your hair texture?
Today I would like to make a brief interruption on the posts about my path on the biological field and I would like to celebrate the day of women in science, that was on the 11th of February. To do so, and since on my last two posts I talked about the DNA, I would… Continue reading How did Rosalind Franklin contribute to solve the DNA structure?
After that brief lesson on evolution where we learnt how life as we know it was reached by cooperation and by increasing complexity via task differentiation both inside the cells and among cells, we started analysing the different cells' compartments. It was captivating to realise the economy of a system composed by different players cooperating… Continue reading Is our life span already written in our DNA?
Eventually, we got into the topic that will then become my passion: Biology! Again, we started from scratch and this time my teacher did not even have the need to actually relate anything to our everyday life, since Biology, from the Greek word βίος (bíos, “bio-, life”) + -λογία (-logía, “-logy, branch of study”), is literally the science that investigates life… Continue reading When did I first meet my true love, Biology?