Sunday, November 16, 2008

conference recap

so i got home last night from the genetics conference and boy oh boy, i had fun! there were so many interesting talks that i got to listen to...there was even a talk given by the man who discovered transposons! my poster presentation went pretty well...basically i just stood by my poster while people wandered around and stopped to ask questions. the folks who stopped by my poster all left going "ooooh, interesting!" and so that made me happy.

overall, the talks i went to were really cool. one presentation gave evidence for the idea that some genetic diseases are caused by mutations in genes that are the promoters for the genes widely known to cause the disease. basically, for disease X, say that science has proven that gene A is the culprit. therefore, if gene A has a mutation in it, you will have disease X. to take it a step further, say that in order for gene A to work, it has to be "turned on" by gene B. well, this group has proved that if you have a problem in gene B, you can have a less severe course of disease X. gene A works fine, however, it doesn't get turned on by gene B. see...that is some major stuff right there! another presentation talked about how to improve symptoms/quality of life for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy patients by injecting particular genetic sequences to "convert" the disease to Becker Muscular Dystrophy, which is not as bad as DMD. i thought that was super cool. plus i went to an autism session where there were tons of "i think i've discovered a new spot that causes autism" type presentations. super cool.

the city that the conference was in was so cool...i hope to go back and visit again. i LOVE subways and trains! and i ate a cupcake from a cupcake bakery!

today i slept in, ate some breakfast, and then vacuumed my entire apartment. now i'm sneezing...coincidence? probably. on my list of things to do today are eat lunch, go to the grocery store to get items necessary to make PUMPKIN MUFFINS and SQUASH SOUP, and read the heck out of some pathology book. and pharm book. and micro...aak! (all my attempts at studying during my flights were all thwarted by nosy passengers..."oooh, is that a medical book? are you a doctor? oooh, a student? omg!!!" or by me falling asleep. alas.)

but i had fun. bottom line. yay!


YS said...

It looks like you had a really nice time. Good for you :)

Dragonfly said...

Pumpkin muffins sound yum. Your plane study experiences sound funny. Once I travelled with a neuroscience book in my bag and the lady manning (womanning) the x-ray machine took it out and started reading it. She was fascinated and kept saying how amazing it all was. Meanwhile the passengers behind me were ropable. I was mainly just stunned.