genetics is interesting
i’d always heard that lincoln had marfan’s syndrome, but apparently this is up for debate! there’s even a whole book devoted to the theory that his homely features, tall stature, and health issues were due to multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2b.
while i’m less attracted to fields where the majority of diagnoses are essentially untreatable (i’m talking to you, neurology), genetics is pretty fascinating. when you think about ALL of the genes we have and how many things can go wrong, it seems amazing to me that there are actually live, functional people walking around at all! i found myself thinking about what sorts of quiet mutations i am harboring in my DNA — after all, there are so many variants that no one is ever truly normal, right?
maybe there are biological reasons for my stationery overbuying disorder and visuospatial deficits (both untreatable, sadly). what i know i do NOT have is marfan’s syndrome (too short!) or hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy type IV (because i can both sweat AND feel pain . . . which i now understand to be a good thing).
so anyway, it’s been interesting thus far, with a good balance of work and learning. i think this will be a good 3 weeks!
raleigh-durham topped a list of america’s smartest cities! the daily beast created this list based on a formula incorporating education indices, nonfiction book sales, and political engagement.
my heart swelled (or poned up, as native north carolinians might say) with pride to see that philadelphia (#11) beat new york (#13). my future home of miami did not fare very well, however. and vegas was a big loser (#54), as expected, though last place was fresno (#55).
coming up this week: another giveaway! PLAN to get excited . . . (there’s a hint there!)
workout: 5.2 mile interval run with 4 x 800m — done on the treadmill because the weather sucked and it was dark out. all at 0.5% incline.
– 1 mi @ 9:13/mi to warm up
– 4 x 800m @ 7:41/mi pace with 3 minutes of recovery at 10:00/mi pace in between each
– 1 mi @ 9:13/mi to cool down
not quite doin’ time: this week’s culinary theme is going to be Throwing Easy Things Together. last night’s endeavor was an easy-peasy meal of whole wheat pasta, newman’s own tomato sauce, chick peas (for protein!), zucchini (for veggies!), and parm cheese (for flava!). this was actually pretty good!
reading: about bronchiolitis. apparently, we do too much to babies who come in with classic RSV (X rays, viral batteries, continuous pulse ox, etc) — not evidence based, cost-effective, or helpful! interesting.