Transgenic Animals and Plants – Biotechnology and Genetics Blog Post

What Are Transgenic Animals and Plants

Transgenic animals are animals, mainly mice, who are genetically modified for biomedical research. They are important because they’re used to understand and research disease susceptibility, progression and responses to therapeutic intervention.Transgenic plants are plants that have been genetically modified to look a certain way, grow in a certain place, and many more possibilities

Great Advancements

During the 1980’s, a scientist named Capecchi figured out a way to change or remove any single gene in the mouse genome. Transgenic animal technology is a fast-growing area in biotechnology because of its use and importance. Being able to dictate how the offspring of a mouse, or a plant will turn out is one of the greatest advancements because they can be used to research and study diseases, viruses, preclinical drugs and much more. Scientists use mice who have been engineered to be susceptible to human viruses, this is significant because it can be used for testing human vaccines. Transgenic animals could also be used for human therapy. By researching and obtaining safe pharmaceutical products that can be sold to people for a wide variety of uses. 

How It’s Used Best

This form of technology is best used on crops. scientists are  genetically modifying to make crops grow bigger, more productive, tastier and more visually appealing for us.Crops can now be designed to grow in areas that they don’t typically grow in, live through droughts, be immune to diseases, not attract pests and do much more.

​How Are Transgenic Animals and Plants Changing The World

Transgenic animals are changing the world in many ways. They are being used to help find cures to diseases and viruses. Moreover,   They are used in pre clinical drug testing to help find the safest, yet most effective product.This technology is also used in the agricultural front and it ensures we are getting food that hasn’t had pests and diseases all over them.


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Paper Airplane Project

In this assignment, my group and I made 2 different types of paper airplanes, 2 of which are the same design, but different size. Our hypothesis was that bigger planes fly further. Our main variable was the throwing part, because if we were able to throw all the planes the same way each time then we could have gotten more accurate results. In the end we were right, the bigger plane got the best average distance.



this is a of me throwing our “hammer” airplane. It came second based on average distance, beating the smaller regular plane

Lit Circle Discussion Role Sheets

I’d like to clarify that I wasn’t able to get on your blog for the rest of my reflections. It kept on crashing so i just did them in my notes. Sorry for the inconvenience.


Literary luminary:



in summary, darren goes to the mall with jessica and her sister to do some shopping, when darren runs into some of his gang members. the gang members spot a rival gang but to darrens luck nothing happens. later while darren is dealing, vin comes along and hints at DT putting a hit on a cop, darren thinks it’s prescott and runs home to call him, but is sent to voicemail. later darren finds out that prescott was shot and killed

word wizard:

strapped: equipped with weapons

bloods: a gang

Connector: couldnt connect much of the book to my life or the school because I’m not involved with drugs or dealing, but i guess it applies to the people who do deal.

travel tracer: Darren goes from the Chaos nightclub to the hospital, then home, then back to the hospital for days until Jessica wakes up

Yazan’s Future on 32k

Pikto chart:

Adulting sheet:

PART 1: Budget

  1. Career

What is the career given to you? Carpenter

What is your estimated salary/income? 52k


  1. Deductions

Your gross income is your total income. Your net income is the amount of money you take home after deductions. Deductions come in the form of income tax, employment insurance, pensions payments, unions dues, licensing fees, extended health and dental coverage, and life insurance.

Net Income   =   Gross income  52k    x   0.3

My annual Net income is: 36,400

My monthly Net income is: annual income / 12 = 3,033.33

  1. Housing

Get your information from House Hunters Assignment.

  1. What city would you like to live in? Port Coquitlam
  2. How many roommates will you have? 0
  3. I plan to RENT or BUY (highlight one) rent
  4. My monthly rent or mortgage payment is: 531, 561 + living expenses
  5. How much is your home insurance? $12.3/month


  1. Utilities (Electricity, heating, hot water).

Highlight the one that applies to you.

  1. Living alone: $50/month
  2. Living with 1 roommate: $35/month per person
  3. Living with 2 roommates: $30/month per person


  1. Telecommunications

What do you want for telecommunications?

  1. Highlight the items you want: home phone, cell phone and plan, cable, internet, Netflix, other streaming service ______________,
  2. Look online to see how much it would cost you per month to get what you want.
Service Cost
Netflix 3(spilt)
Phone bill 50/month
Wifi $20/moth (splatted)


Total :  $                                 

  1. Food
    1. Complete Meal Planner
    2. Meal cost $____163_____________ /month


  1. Transportation

How will you get around?

  1. Public transit – $__ 60        ____/month
  2. Bike
    1. Total amount to purchase $___ ____
  3. Car (not getting a car)
    1. Use Car Purchase Assignment for this info
    2. Total monthly car payment – $1000/month
  • Total monthly car insurance – $650/month
  1. Total monthly gas estimate – $250/month


  1. Health Care

Here is the link to the current rates:

  1. What will your monthly rate be? $28/month


  1. Recreation

What will you do for entertainment? (Concerts, movies, gym fees, lessons etc.)


What will you do for fun?

How many times per month will you do this activity? How much does it cost per time you do this?  


TOTAL COST per month

Gym membership 30
Movie 2 45
TOTAL COST of all activities for the month:



  1. Savings

Use My Savings Goals Assignment to help complete this section.

Something I want to save up for is

  • This costs $_____
  • I want to buy it in ____ year/s.
  • How much would you need to put into Savings each month to reach this goal? _____________


  1. Emergencies

Are you ready for the unexpected?

Look at your annual net income, divide it by 12, then multiply it by 5%.

  1. How much per month will you put into savings towards your goals (5% of your net income is recommended) – $1,500/month
  2. How much per month will you put into an emergency fund (5% of your net income is recommended; this is for when unexpected costs pop up in your life) – $750month


  1. Other

Where else will your money go? Charity, travel, furniture, renovations etc.

Charity (whenever Im feeling generous)

Excel sheet:

*Only put values in boxes that are this colour! 
*Do not use Dollar Sign $
LIVING EXPENSES $ per month $ per year
Rent/mortgage payments  $531.00  $6,372.00
Home Insurance  $12.30  $147.60
Utilities  $31.00  $372.00
Telecommunications  $31.00  $372.00
Meal Costs  $213.00  $2,556.00
Public transit  $56.00  $672.00
Bike  $-
Car payments  $-  $-
Car insurance  $-  $-
Gas estimate  $-  $-
Maintenance and repairs (2% of value of car)  $-  $-
Health Care
Monthly rate  $28.00  $672.00
Total recreation costs  $75.00  $900.00
Savings  $300.00  $3,600.00
Emergencies  $350.00  $4,200.00
Computer  $100.00
Personal grooming (haircuts, makeup, shampoo, soap, deodorant, etc.)  $50.00  $600.00
Clothing  $200.00  $2,400.00
Charity  $20.00  $240.00
Total Expences  $1,997.30  $23,103.60
NET INCOME  $3,033.33  $36,399.96
Monthly Yearly
TOTAL EXPENSES $1,997.30 $23,103.60
TOTAL INCOME $3,033.33 $36,399.96
DIFFERENCE: $1,036.03 $13,296.36


Week 15

This week in math, I learned how to solve problems using elimination. Elimination is a system for finding where two line intersect. It will get you the same answer as substitution, but is a much more efficient method in some scenarios. It involves combining like terms, and turning one pair of variables into a zero pair.


7x + y = 15

(-1) [3x + y = 3] (-1)

-3x – y = -3

Multiply everything by -1 so that y and -y become a zero pair.

7x + y = 15

-3x – y = -3

Combine like terms.

4x = 12

x = 3

Now, plug in x into one of the equations to find y’s value

7(3) + y = 15

21 + y = 15

y = -6

(3, -6) is the answer.

Now verify by plugging x and y into both equations, if the statement is true, you have successfully solved the question. If not, re-do from the beginning/try to look for any mistakes.

Week 14

This week in math we started a new unit… Systems of Linear Equations.

Everything in this unit is about learning how to find the point of intersection between two perpendicular lines. If these lines are parallel than that means there is no intersection, unless the two lines are right on top of each other, then the point of intersection is infinite.

On Friday we learned about substitution which is basically taking out a number or variable and putting another number or variable in that exact place.

Say I had an equation of y + 2x = 5  and another equation of 5x + 5y = -20

You can choose either of the equations to start with, but if you see an equation with just an x or y and no coefficients beside it, then choose that equation because it is the easiest.

If we want to substitute, then we need to get y by itself for the first equation. If we do some rearranging then we should have… y = -2x + 5. Now we insert the second equation into the y value.

So now the equation would be 5(-2x + 5) + 5x = -20

Now we solve.

First we distribute… -10x + 25 + 5 = -20

And now we get X by itself…. 10x = 50

Then we divide both numbers by ten and we get x = 5.

But were not done, we still have to find the value of Y.

Since we have the x value, all we need to do now is just insert 5 into the x in one of the two equations and we should get Y.

y + 2(5) = 5

y + 10 = 5

y = -5


Week 13

This week in Math 10 , we learned about the three different ways to express slope.

The first way is slope y-intercept form of the equation of a line, or as expressed in variables: y = mx + b. “m” stands for slope, and once you find the slope, you replace “m” with the slope. Then, the y-intercept, which is “b” in slope y-intercept form is put in to the equation as “b”.

The second way is point-slope form, or as expressed in variables: y – y1 = m(x -x1). “m” as always, is the slope in the equation and the “y” and “x” values are the coordinates that you would find on a Cartesian plane.

The third and final way is general form, or as expressed in variables: Ax + By + C = 0. In this equation, on the right side of the equal sign, the number always has to be zero. This form is pretty, but useless, and you have to change it to one of the other forms if you want to actually solve your equation, or have success working with it.

week 12

This week in math 10 we started a new unit and one section we learned about was the distance formula. I will be showing you how to find the distance between each pair of points.

  1. (2,0) and (7,12) – First you must subtract the y coordinates which are 0 and 12. So 0 – 12 = -12. Then you must subtract the x coordinates which are 2 – 7 which equals -5.

Now you must square -5 and – 12 and that will become 25 and 144. now add 25 and 144 together and you get 169. The last step is to square root 169 which is 13. So now you know the distance between (2,0) and (7,12) which is 13.