Book Post #4, last one!

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So the ending of the book was awesome! In the last section of the Hot Zone, the author travels to Africa. He travels the same way that  Monet does and visited the summit that Ebola was first discovered to see if he could find the original source. He worries that he may recieve the deadly virus, but his curiosity trumps his fears. He takes all the precautions he can but still is willing to go into the cave. At the end of the book, he comes up with a theory that may ring true. He suggests that the virus and all of its strains are merely defense meconisms of the earth. With the presnce of billions of people, innovations, and destruction of nature, the earth has created or brought about this illness to bring about a balance. The author concludes that the virus is just the begining. It would come back and that it might be even more dangerous than it was before if it is able to eventually adapt to human cells.


Final Picture Post

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This is a picture of something that asexually reproduces

This is a redox-reaction. The rust on this is an example of the redox reaction.

This is my puppy when she was introduced to our home. My cat was not to happy to see her on the couch and in the wild, it is usually like this

This is my kitty cats paw and my arm! They are very similar and they do most of the same things. He walks on his and I get to pick things up.

This is a picture of a gymnosperm cone. The gymnosperm is no surrounded by a ripened fruit.

This is biological magnification. This ant killer gets into water that goes to animals and other living things and can cause harm to them.

This is the stigma and the style of the carpel. The stickiness on flower is that.

Scavenger hunt #7

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These wings on this bird is an example of a vestigial structure because they are not useful to a flightless bird.

A niche is the position or function of an organism in a community of plants and animals. These trees give oxygen to the animals that are surrounding it.

This worm is an example of a hermaphrodite. A hermaphrodite has both male and female reproductive organs.

This bottle of wine is an example of fermentation. Fermentation is when the original grapes turn into ethyl alcohol.

This picture of my daddy and my eye is an example of dominate vs recessive phenotype. My daddy's brown eyes would be the dominate gene.


Hot Zone-Part 3

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And it gets even better! Part three is mainly about how the Ebola broke out in the monkey house and how the army tried to contain the mess that was about to happen. I am extremely surprised that the people surrounding the area had no idea what was happening. I suppose it proves that the news cast were very stupid to not suspect for something to be happening on the other side of the building. I am also very surprised that none of the workers were truly harmed or that the children that were near this area got sick with Ebola. I don’t fully understand why the monkeys were completely destroyed but that the people that worked closely with the sick monkeys didn’t show signs of being sick. It was scary when Milton got sick but ended up just being the flu. I thought it was very stupid that both the Jaax’s went into the building knowing that they had children to take care of!! However, the Army did a very good job of containing the outbreak and did a very thorough job of sterilizing the WHOLE building and everything in it. Very good book and I am actually like this summer reading assignment because the book is great!

Scavenger hunt #6

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Lettuce is a long day plant. A long day plant is a plant that flowers only after being exposed to the sun longer than a certain amount of time.

Butter is a lipid. A lipid is insoluble in water but soluble in nonpolar organic solvents and are oily to the touch.

Sugar is considered hydrophilic because it is soluble.

This crisco vegetable oil is considered to be hydrophobic or water-fearing. It will not dissolve in water as a hudrophilic substance would.

This is my dog Brownie. She is an example of a heterotroph because she cannot produce her own food and depends on my mom or myself to feed her!

These tomatoes are genetically modified organisms. The people in the factories induce steroids to make the tomatoes seems extremely red for a long time and make them seem fresh for longer periods of time.

Scavenger hunt #5


This plant is an example of a frond. A frond is a plant with a large divided leaf.

This is a picture of the lovely flowers that my boyfriend gave to me:) this is an example of a flower ovary. A flower ovary protects the seeds that the flower needs to populate.

These are strawberries at my uncles house. The ethylene gas in them helps to add colors that people want to see.

These grapes have enzymes in them that people need to eat.

This cute little squirrel that my friends and I fed at Disney World and named Fred is an example of an endothermic animal!

These Zebras at Animal Kingdom are examples of commensalism. The baby Zebra is feeding from the mother but it is not hurting the mother at all.

Book post #2-Katie

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I have to begin with the fact that this book has begun to get even more detailed in the way people die of the disease and it literally makes me sick at points. However, this is what makes the story very interesting and keeps me reading at all times. This book really makes me never want to visit the poorer parts of Africa. It also made me question what the government is keeping from us and how the could think that not informing the people of America about this is okay. And how the CDC and the military were trying to pull ranking was a bit absurd. Why wouldn’t you think that the ranking was important when the WHOLE nation was potentially at risk? Also when Nancy Jaax and Gene Johnson  didn’t publish a paper about the risk of Ebola being able to transfer through air just because Gene couldn’t write well was a very unsettling reason on why they didn’t publish it. One thing that I thought was especially interesting about this part was the electron microscope and how they tested for different viruses.  I had no idea that they kept samples from the first victims of these viruses, and I thought that it was disturbing that they referred to Ebola as resembling such seeming harmless items such as food like spaghetti and cheerios.  I also found it interesting that infected cells look as if they have crystals within them yet it was really the cell bursting from the seams. The walls could no longer hold the virus and therefore “popped” which led to more infected cells. What  I do not understand is why Geisbert and Jahrling did not tell the colonel that they had whiffed the virus when they knew they could have very well spread the disease. Why did they fear the Slammer so much more than potentially having the ability to kill a nation?

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