What I learned from my genetics sprints

I have decided to postpone my sprints that have to do with genetics for the time being. I’m not sure if/when I will pick it back up, but I hope that I will eventually. The following is my reflection for the past months I’ve spent learning about genetics.

What I learned:

I learned about Deoxyribose nucleic acid, ribosenucleic acid, chromosomes, heredity, x linked diseases/disorders, the joy of punnet squares, and DNA replication.

What I took away from learning about genetics:

Before learning about genetics, I never really understood how complex and crazy animals in general are. It’s amazing to me how fast and accurately DNA replicates. I think I appreciate everything that happens every day more because now I understand how difficult it could have been for it to be that way. Aunt, for example, has brown eyes while everyone else in her immediate family does not. For this to happen, it was a bunch of unlikely things that happened so that now she and her son have brown eyes in a family of blue eyed people. Little things like that just blow my mind.

How I can use genetics in the future:

I’m still not sure what I want to do/be when I grow up, but I know for sure I want it to have to do with science and biology. I originally wanted to be a vet, but I think I’m over that (for now, at least). I know for sure I don’t want to be a doctor, though. I’m not queasy, but if a human is hurt and it’s more than a scraped knee, I can’t look. I’m fine with animals, and I can dissect, care for, and see videos of surgeries on them, and I’m completely fine. But not for humans; I can imagine it happening to me too easily. Basically, I don’t think medical school is for me.

IĀ couldĀ imagine myself being less of a hands on biologist, and more of, say, a geneticist or something like that. Doing these sprints has opened that door a bit wider than it was before, and if I continue to enjoy learning about it when I’m older, I think I would be very happy with my career.

I’m honestly not sure what else to write, sooo…


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