January 2016 archive

Skype Chat with Charis Walko (stem cell researcher)


This week, our class did a Skype chat with a lady name Charis Walko. Charis is a stem cell researcher for a company called Stemcell Technologies. During the chat, Charis gave us a very informative and helpful lesson about stem cells. She told us how they worked, the different kinds of stem cells, and much more. A day before the Skype chat our class had put together some questions regarding Charis, her job, and stem cells in general. We asked her these questions at the end of our chat and gave us answers that exceeded what I had expected. I love the fact that she gave us such an in depth learning experience with stem cells. I understand stem cells much more then I did before and enjoyed the learning experience!:)

Here are a few of the many questions we asked Charis during our Skype chat:

  • How is your area of work (stem cell research) contributing to modern day medicine?

-In the future, we’re looking into having bank like buildings that yo can go to. If you ever are in need of stem cells to repair your body in any way, you can go to the bank. Under your name will be a healthy, living stem cells from your body that can be used to repair blood cells, or grow a whole new organ!

  • What types of diseases can be treated with stem cells?

– 80 diseases can be treated with stem cells, most of them connected to disorders. others include eyes, muscles, etc.

  • What is your favourite thing about your job?

– always trying to decipher things that no one has discovered before.

ADL15 Mutation Story- Angelman Syndrome

Part 1: My story

Angelman Syndrome gene story

Part 2: The making of my Mutation Story

Some of the questions I answered to aid me in making my gene story:

  •  How does the syndrome effect my host’s life?
  • how does the protagonist of my story work inside the cell?
  • How does the syndrome effect the functioning of the host’s body?
  • What caused the mutation to occur?

Some digital tools i used to aid in the making of my story:

  • Google chrome
  • bookmarked pages that I used to research my mutation
  • other websites then Wikipedia
  • Microsoft Word

Order I did my work:

  • Research mutation
  • brainstorm and make notes about mutation/story
  • forget about story until day before due date
  • write story
  • proof read my story
  • check criteria
  • make Edublog post
  • check criteria again
  • sit back and relax

links to websites and pages used for research:


chromosome picture- http://https://www.google.ca/search?q=chromosome&espv=2&biw=679&bih=601&site=webhp&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjP44Xu06rKAhVK5WMKHbzECBYQ_AUIBigB#imgrc=xMkl87lVq73y0M%3

picture of child with angelman syndrome- http://https://www.google.ca/search?q=angelman+syndrome&espv=2&biw=1366&bih=623&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiXyvCg1KrKAhVB8mMKHYo3BdMQ_AUIBigB#imgrc=67IWC5oNbdoLbM%3A

Research pages:






Overall I found this project enjoyable. I love writing and getting a chance to write a story about something that relates to both writing and science inspired me. I don’t think there’s anything about this project I would do differently, only that I should’ve finished sooner 🙂

Edible DNA model

edible DNA modelToday in class we created a model of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). We used licorice, toothpicks, and coloured mini marshmallows to make a double helix, the shape of DNA when it’s outside the cell. DNA is a molecule that carries the genetic instructions for creating organisms, developing organelles, and reproducing cells and viruses. It decides what you look like.