Friday, May 29, 2009

Repeat Reiterate and Reinstate

So we're undergraduates now.
8 grueling semesters, 7 term end exams, 14 CAM papers. Endless night time sessions with my favorite play lists on Winamp, nursing mugs of hot (mess) coffee. And Mathur asking me to summarize the ubiquitin mechanism right before we enter the exam hall.
So that makes me a genius right? Can I explain how ubiquitin action occurs? Or what media is used for animal cell culture? No and No respectively! But my educational foray into biotechnology has not been for naught. Here are the top things we learnt (and in some cases was made apparent).

  1. Genes are on DNA. Imagine that!
  2. Promoters, repressors and transcription factors are most vital for transcription.
  3. BLAST is the most indispensable tool for homology mapping. Almost every assignment needs a BLAST reference/Figure for full marks.
  4. Mutations=BAD! More mutations=More errors=More complicated diseases.
  5. p53 is Zack's favorite gene in the whole world.
  6. The cell is adorned with receptors of all shapes, sizes and sexual preferences.
  7. Alpha helices, Beta pleats, turns and motifs. Just scratching the surface!
  8. Proteins denature at the slightest provoking. Just crack a Yo Mama joke and watch the protein shrivel.
  9. It's 9 pm the night before the exam. A new set of "Lisa" Xeroxes from "A" batch makes its way to the scene!!
  10. Attendance levels and ass kissing go hand in hand.
  11. Everything in VITU needs a receipt and a photocopy of the ID card.
  12. There is nothing smart about our "Smart Card"!
  13. Watchmen in VITU are multilingual. They can say "Wear your ID card" in English,Hindi,Tamil,Malayalam and Telegu!
  14. Sures had to be the coolest class rep ever!
  15. D Batch was the best batch. 'nuff said!
God Bless The Department.


prateekmathur said...

awesome post man...hilarious...and u had to mention me na..!!!
any way great flow...i wish i could write something this funny...kudos man!!

vigneshjvn said...

Point 4 reminds me of Shashank arguing for "adaptation is achieved through mutation" and Anand Prem Rajan against it.
You might also want to add Paul Raj's and Kishwar Hayat Khan's colour requirement in assignments. And the general rule against printing out stuff.
And a very nice way of putting it up. Good perspective! :)

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