Bio Grad Student Humor

Some inspirational advice for the new year:

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning,* but anyone can start today and make a new ENDING 🙂                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       *except with iPS cells

The motivational part was written by a grad student, and the addendum added a week or so later by another student.

To explain the joke: iPS stands for induced pluripotent stem cells.

Meaning stem cells that have been created through engineering, by taking “regular” adult cells and moving them back to a more elastic state (aka a stem cell) where they can become any other kind of cell.

So iPS cells would indeed be the exception to the maxim that you can’t go back to the beginning 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inspiration


From Santa Cruz.

The famous Galápagos tortoises were part of Charles Darwin’s inspiration for the theory of natural selection as the mechanism of evolution.  The tortoises’ shells differ depending on what island they are from, indicating adaptive radiation.

For me, they were part of my inspiration to travel the world and see all its wonders.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inspiration