Article by: Joseph Maa Date: 6/8/2017 “Death is not the worst thing in the world, and to help a man to a happy and useful career may be more of a service than the saving of life.” In 1927, Francis Peabody delivered a timeless message to physicians addressing the relationship of the patient and physician. […]Read more "A Review of “The Care of the Patient” by Francis Peabody"
By: Joseph Maa Date: 6/5/2017 Hi everyone, Joseph here: Today I wanted to talk about something near and dear to my heart: finding and isolating bacteria. Now, the process of isolating single pure colonies (all the same species) of bacteria is important for a couple reasons. For one, having a lot of colonies is amenable to […]Read more "Finding Waldo: A Systematic Approach to Isolating and Identifying Bacteria"
By: Joseph Maa Date: 6/2/2017 A couple of readers have asked about why the blog’s title is: It Began With Potatoes. A few more are on their way to starting their own blog, (I’m cheering you guys on wholeheartedly!) or already have an established blog. (Leslie’s blog here: ) So, this article aims to explain my […]Read more "A Retrospection: Why Did It Begin With Potatoes?"
fBy Joseph Maa: Date: 6/1/2017 Hi everyone just a short post today: I was recently reading a book and it came up that the human diploid genetic code has 6 billion base pairs.  Back in high school and middle school, memorizing the numbers really seemed to be more of a fun fact than pragmatic information. […]Read more "Why Magnitudes Matter"
By: Joseph Maa I’ve recently had the opportunity to sit down with Gordon Pherribo, a current graduate student in the Taga Lab at Berkeley studying vitamin B12 in bacterial communities. Throughout history, bacterial communities have constantly been scrutinized under researchers’ microscopes, but as microscope resolution has improved, researchers increasingly are only limited by their technical knowledge and the […]Read more "Fake Nuclei, Microbial Communities, and Graduate School: A Conversation with Gordon Pherribo (Taga Lab)"
Hi everyone, I’m back! I’ve been on hiatus from writing for about a month, but I’m back at it again. These past few days have been particularly difficult for me, but I’ve found my motivation to write once again. Five days ago, at 11:10 pm, I received multiple frantic missed call messages on my phone. […]Read more "A Year in Retrospection: Realizing My Grandpa’s Legacy and Looking Forward"
Deciphering the Lac Operon Hi all! I’ve been busy trying to plan out the interview articles that will be coming up soon! Just wanted to post a couple of tricky topics on the lac operon since it’s a really tricky, convoluted mess. I’ve uploaded my notes on my understanding of the difficult bits. Hope it […]Read more "Deciphering the Lac Operon"