Disease and Diagnosis- Technology

In the past year, many new technologies have been discovered and created. Many of these technologies are medical applications that are used to treat diseases and for diagnosis.

Kyla and I researched the various technologies used for disease and diagnosis. We learned about Polymerase Chain Reactions (PCR), Magneto Optical Methods, and Recombinant DNA technology. WIth all the new technologies, many ethical issues come to question.

One of the breakthrough technologies caught our eye: the Face2Gene app. Click here to learn more about face2gene.

Check out our slideshow below!


Find a Way – Diana Nyad

Diana Nyad’s mantra, “Find a way” was lived through her epic journey when she swam from Cuba to Florida. At age 60, Nyad was able to accomplish her goal through persistent training and by maintaing a positive, focussed attitude. She talked about many of her obstacles, one being how she had to swim in the pitch darkness of night because light would attract jellyfish! I was amazed by her constant perseverance and concentration, because even one of my fears (the dark) did not even faze her.


Her outstanding story has inspired me to remain fixated on my own goals. One of my biggest desires is to travel internationally and manage health clinics in third world countries. To accomplish this, I must have a stable job to fund my trips as well as organize a team of doctors to travel alongside me. I am not quite sure if I want to be a doctor on the team or have more of an organizing role, but I am very sure that I want to be apart of a benevolent project with a goal of improving health of the in need population.

Traveling to developing nations has always been a passion of mine; I have already travelled to the TayTay Rizal in Muntinlupa, Philippines to do mission work at a school that my church founded. In that moment, I decided that philanthropic work would be a large part of my life. However, many factors are involved with humanitarian work such as monetary expenses, life experiences, and organization. I may have many years before I am able to live out my life dream, but I must focus now in order to prepare for my future. My goal may  not be a specific journey like Nyad’s, but it is important to have direction or aim in life.

Although my own dreams and aspirations are more of a continuous life goal rather than an athletic accomplishment, many of Diana Nyad’s words resonate with me deeply. In the Ted Talk, she quoted Socrates, “To be is to do.” This quote stood out to me because she talked about how she tells people, “Never, ever give up,” but that quote cannot be fulfilled if the “do” mentioned from the first quote is not done. One must not only talk about life intent, but must actually accomplish intentions set. Also, anything is possible if you “find a way” to reach your goal.

Semester 1 Blog Reflection

Coming into AP Biology, I was not quite sure what to expect. From past AP bio students, I have always heard that the blog aspect of the class was an important facet to the curriculum.  Knowing this, I was very tentative because I am not exactly what you would call “tech-savvy.” But with some help from Mrs.Girard and the fellow AP Bio Team, I was quickly brought up to speed and my site was up and running.

I learned a lot about my style of learning through blogging. Writing about classroom activities forced to me to make important connections in order to find content to write about.

Blogging not only allowed me to view my own work, but to share work with others. My grandpa for example, lives in the Philippines and him checking up on my blog is a way for him to be connected to me and allow him to get insight on my school work. Blogging also allows me to get feedback on my work. Not only my teacher is able to comment, but my blog is free for conversation with anyone. Peers are also able to interact with one another by following other blogs and commenting on other posts.

One of the most helpful aspects of the blog are the frequent roundups. Every week or so, the students switch off to post on the class website, http://apbiorockstars.blogspot.co.id/ The roundups consist of information that was covered during that period of time, including labs, lectures, and activities. The roundups are helpful for reviewing and helping determine what information is most important.

I am very eager and excited for second semester and cannot wait to see what is yet to come!