A sense of wonder and people in the life sciences

I just got a notification from a friend that reblogged something awesome about zebra fish larvae and it got me thinking about how amazing it is that anything is alive and not only alive but able to reproduce itsel and move into the next generation.

I spend a good bit of my time experiencing a sense of child-like wonder inspired by anything from the magesty of a red oak I was measuring in Ecology lab to the Planarians regenerating their heads to the way amino acid chains self assemble into proteins to the Hox genes to the nervous system to the way (fill in the blank) has evolved.

OK, I’m a hopeless nerd but I am in good company because those with a scientist’s heart share this sense of wonderment.  Dr. T, for example, caught me just marveling at the red oak and smiled knowing that mine was a kindred spirit. Same with Dr. G. when I learned about the proteins self assembling or the Physics Dr. G. when my calculations were correct and my projectile hit the bulls-eye of its target (although the Physics version of that was, “The laws of Physics work at all times.”

I sincerely never want to grow up because I want to feel as though every day I get a chance to discover some deep profound truth and someday I hope I get to do something that will make the world glad I was born.

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