Breathe. Grow. Enjoy the wind in your face and the sound of nature around you. Take each moment to become excellent at the task you have been given and to revel in the places and opportunities that surround you.
Over the past several days I have been going back back and forth with a researcher in a nearby lab over what is “real” or relevant in the systems that we study. In short, are the high doses of chemicals we give our cells in culture relatable to the conditions that those cells would seeContinue reading “Real and Genuine”
Often when faced with the ephemeral nature of life, people express the desire to ‘leave a mark’. Perhaps our desire, our joy should not be in the futile quest for permanence, but in the impressions we leave on those around us. Those who are just as fleeting and ephemeral as ourselves, yet whoContinue reading “Meaning and making marks”
“Science takes things apart to see how they work; religion puts things together to see what they mean.” -Rabbi Sacks In general, the approach of science has been to take things apart in order to understand how each part works. Tissues and cells are taken out of the body and studied in isolatedContinue reading “Composing and comprised of”
Of Men and Microbe Classic biology teaching had been that we are outnumbered on the cell for cell basis 10:1 by bacteria. Certainly bacteria, especially the microbiome of the gastrointestinal system, are an important component of the body needed for homeostatic maintenance of health and prevention of disease. However a recent article published in theContinue reading “Of Men and Microbe”
“Every sentence I utter must be understood not as an affirmation, but as a question.” Niels Bohr The pursuit of the correct questions is the meaning of life. One which we cannot seemingly perfect and can barely even optimize in our limited time on this planet. Whether laboratory science, religious experience, personal emotions, andContinue reading “About This Blog”
It’s 2am. Looking out at the skyscape of Toronto from the top floor of a high rise. Lights fill the sky even at this late or early hour. There’s a healthy bustle of cars and pedestrians navigating the streets below. Looking at the mass of lights, the emanating energy, the towering monuments to human ingenuityContinue reading “Love, an end and means”