The Hot Zone Part #4

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This book has been an eye-opener to say the least.  When I first started reading this novel I would have to put the book down due to the fact that it was making me ill with all of its detailed descriptions of death by Marburg. Now that the book ended I am a little sad.  I thought that even though the author connected his story with the purpose of the novel, something was still lacking.  How could he not include information about the main characters after Reston?  I am curious to know what happened to Dalgard, Jahrling and Mr. and Mrs. Jaax, but in the book’s true fashion after every chapter the ending lines leave me with intense germ-o-phobia.  Especially part four’s ending line “It will be back” is absolutely terrifying.  I just hope that our government feels that underplaying the seriousness of the Reston incident was a mistake and will actually share life threatening knowledge with the general public.  Overall this novel has informed me of three deadly viruses and explained in detail the replication process of viruses.  This book was an extremely interesting read, and by far the most exciting summer reading assignment I have had yet!


Week #8 Photos + Photos #40-50

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Epithelial Tissue: Epithelial tissue is membranous tissue that covers all internal organs. Epithelial tissue is also known as skin. Dogs have skin underneath their fur.


C4 Plant: C4 plants are plants that use carbon dioxide to create four carbon compounds that are used in photosynthesis. An example of a C4 plant is corn, pictured above. C4 plants adapt well to high temperatures and excessive sunlight.


Flower Ovary: The ovary of a flower is one of the multiple female parts of plants. The ovary contains ovules and seeds which, if fertilized, can become fruit.


Seed Dispersal: Seed dispersal is the spreading of seeds either by wind, water, or animals. Pictured above is a bird who plays a key part seed dispersal.


Detritovore: Detritovores are heterotrophs that feed on decomposing matter, similar to decomposers.


Eubacteria: Eubacteria is an archaebacteria streptococcus that is found in yogurt. This bacterium allows for milk to become yogurt.


Adaptation of an animal: Pictured above is a fish. Gills are an adaptation of a fish that allows the fish to live underwater.


Radial Symmetry: The starfish, pictured above, is an example of radial symmetry because the segments of the organism are radiating out of one central point.




Mycelium: Mycelium is the vegetative part of a fungus that has a thin threadlike structure called hyphae. An example of Mycelium is a mushroom, pictured above.



Mycelium: Mycelium is the vegetative part of a fungus that has a thin threadlike structure called hyphae. An example of Mycelium is a mushroom, pictured above.


Gymnosperm Leaf: Gymnosperm plants are seed bearing plants that do not produce flowers. An example of a gymnosperm plant is a pine tree. Pictured above are the leaves of a pine tree.


Glycogen: Glycogen is an energy molecule created from glucose that is stored by cells for later use. An example of glycogen is sugar which is glucose.


Auxin producing area of a plant: At the tip of the flower bud is where the auxin is created. Auxin is a growth hormone produced by plants near new roots or shoots as pictured above.

R-strategist: R-strategists are organisms that have a rapid reproductive and growth rates. An example of an R-strategist is a fish, pictured above.

Predation: Predation is the act of catching prey. Pictured above is a snake that is hiding itself in order to lure its prey onto its’ rock perch.


Week #7 Photos

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Dominant vs. Recessive: The picture above is of my dad and me. We both have blue eyes, but he has the brown hair, a dominant hair phenotype. I, however, have blonde hair which is a recessive trait.


Batesian mimicry: Batesian mimicry is when a non-harmful organism mimics the characteristic of a harmful organism in order to divert its predators. The picture above is a dirt dobber’s nest as I could not actual take a picture of a real dirt dobber. Dirt dobbers are often mistaken as wasps however they have no stinger and are harmless.


Tropism: Tropism is the change in direction or turning movement of a plant due to external forces. In the picture above, the smaller tree must lean outside the taller trees to obtain sunlight.


Cellular Respiration: Cellular respiration is the process in which plants produce energy to power photosynthesis. There are two types of cellular respiration: anaerobic and aerobic. Glucose, fatty acids and amino acids are used to power cellular respiration along with an oxidizing agent such as oxygen.


Krebs cycle: The Krebs cycle is the third stage of cellular respiration in plants. Within this stage carbon dioxide is created and ATP is produced. Unlike the other stages of cellular respiration, the Krebs cycle requires oxygen.


The Hot Zone Post #3

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Even though I was not the biggest fan of this novel in the beginning I have now come to really enjoy the story.  This novel has become quite the page turner.  The story line is straight out of a House episode, which in the beginning I thought I would not enjoy.  I am proud to say that I can now tolerate this novel’s explanatory, gruesome details.  I found it interesting in this part that the Renton Monkey House owner Dan Dalgard seemed to be more worried over the end of his business then the possibility of an Ebola outbreak.  Did Dalgard know about the severity or deadliness of the Ebola virus? If so, I personally do not think lost profits outweigh the chaos and destruction that would surround an Ebola virus outbreak.  Even though I hated to read about the euthanizing process, this novel has taught me the chemicals used and the procedures for euthanizing animals.  It amazes me that an event regarding a bio hazardous virus such as the Reston Ebola virus was not more published after the threat was dealt with and decontamination was concluded.  How could the government not alert the public? I think that Washington was very lucky that this virus could differentiate between monkeys and humans.  What if this Ebola virus was harmful to humans?  What would have happened?  I look forward to part four.  I cannot wait to see how this novel ends!

Week #6 Photos

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Animal with a segmented body: The June bug (pictured above) is an example of a segmented body, because its body is visibly segmented into three parts - head, body and legs.


Niche: A niche is the animal’s role or function in an ecosystem or an animal’s habitat. In the picture above my dog is in her natural habitat (niche) as she is sitting in my laundry room on her rug.


Anther and filament of a stamen: A stamen is the male reproductive part of a plant. This reproductive part is split up into two components the anther and filament. The stalk of the stamen is the filament and at the end of the filament is the anther or pollen sac (as pictured above).


Endotherm: Endothermic organisms are warm-blooded animals that can generate internal heat. Examples of endothermic organisms included all warm-blooded organisms (i.e. the dog pictured above).


Lipid used for energy storage: A lipid is fat which the body stores for energy. An example of a lipid is butter as shown above.


Week #5 Photos

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Modified stem of a plant: The stem of the rose bush (pictured above) is considered modified because rose bushes contain thorns that protect them from predators. This is also classified as modified because not all rose bushes have thorns.


Asexual Reproduction: Asexual Reproduction involves only a single parent and no sex cells compared to sexual reproduction. Asexual reproduction of plants occurs in mitosis.


Amniotic Egg: Amniotic fluid is the source of nutrients for the yolk of the organism growing within the egg. Amniotic fluid surrounds and stimulates the organism during the growth process.


Homeostasis: Homeostasis creates equilibrium between all systems of the body. In order to achieve homeostasis, humans must sweat when they are hot and shiver with they are cold. In the picture above we are sweating at band camp to remain cool.


Connective Tissue: Connective tissue is the tissue that connects ligaments and tendons. This tissue can be found in the fingers of humans (as pictured above) as it allows the fingers to move more freely, but remain connected to the rest of the body.




The Hot Zone Post #2

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For starters this book still makes me sick to my stomach with its extremely detailed, gruesome descriptions, but I do have to say that the story line is becoming most intriguing.  This book is definitely a page turner.  So far this book has made me cross Africa off my list of places to visit, made me a bit skeptical of caves and question whether or not the U.S. actually has a plan for a deadly outbreak of this magnitude.  It concerned me that Dalgard worked with monkeys at Reston’s monkey house yet had no idea about Ebola Zaire.  How can you work with animals that have the potential to be carriers of a virus such as Marburg and not know about its close cousin Ebola? Also, the fact that Nancy Jaax and Gene Johnson knew that Ebola can spread through the air and not publish a paper because Gene cannot write well is a ridiculous excuse for keeping pertinent details quiet about an extremely deadly virus.  I also do not understand how the Army and the C.D.C. would try to pull rank while there is a potential outbreak of a deadly virus on U.S. soil.  How can they pull rank and involve politics while our nation is essentially at risk?  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 interesting that they referred to Ebola as resembling food such as spaghetti and cheerios.  I also found it interesting that infected cells look as if they have crystals within them yet it really because the cell is about to burst due to the virus.  I do not understand why Geisbert and Jahrling did not tell the colonel that they had whiffed the virus.  They knew that they stood a chance of spreading a deadly virus with a nine out ten death rate, yet the feared the “Slammer” much more?  This book is really good despite its unpleasant details and I’m looking forward to part three!

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