Pharyngula

I’ll give this a shot…

I am currently taking the neurobiology course offered by Dr. Myers, and being as this is my first blog entry on his site, I will give a little introduction about my interest in neurobiology and why I am taking this class.
To begin, I will say that I really do not know much about neurobiology. I know the basic idea: that the brain is responsible for transmitting signals that tell the rest of the body what to do. What I would like to learn more about is the act of signal transduction, specifically the propagation of the action potential down the axon and the role of the sodium-potassium pump. This pump is involved in membrane potential and depolarization, and is also linked to HYPP, or hyperkalemic periodic paralysis. In this disorder, muscle attacks or paralysis occur due to elevated levels of potassium in the bloodstream. I wish to know more about this disorder, and I hope that learning more about neurobiology will help me to accomplish that.
I also hope that Dr. Myers’ experiment will toughen up my skin a bit.

Comments

  1. #1 Blake Stacey
    September 14, 2007

    I also hope that Dr. Myers’ experiment will toughen up my skin a bit.

    That’s what we’re here for! :-)

  2. #2 Blake Stacey
    September 14, 2007

    Reginald Selkirk wins the Internet!

  3. #3 Brownian
    September 14, 2007

    There was an article in March’s issue of Discover about a patient developing hyperkalemia after eating durian.

    You may read it online at: http://discovermagazine.com/2007/mar/vital-signs-a-puzzling-high-potassium

  4. #4 Brownian
    September 14, 2007

    A really interesting website I found in my undergrad is actually Canadian.

    What the hell’s that supposed to mean? Us Canadians are plenty interesting. Did you know that we use the words couch, sofa, and chesterfield to refer to essentially the same thing? What about the fact that the variable-pitch propeller was invented by a Canadian? Or that Canadians buy and consume more Kraft Dinner per capita than any other nation? Or that the famous Warren Zevon song, “Werewolves of London” refers not to a place in Canada, but a city in England that has a district called Edmonton, which is also the name of the city in which I live which is in Canada?

    Sheesh. Open a book (many of which are written and published in Canada) why don’t you?

  5. #5 Randy Owens
    September 14, 2007

    As a flip side to all the flack sent at a previous student poster for some pretty bad spelling, let me commend you on a pretty good job with spelling and grammar.

    Brownian:

    Did you know that we [Canadians] use the words couch, sofa, and chesterfield to refer to essentially the same thing?

    Bah. We Americans… er, I mean, south Americans… that is to say, Americans more southerly than yourselves… say all that, and “davenport” too!

  6. #6 David Marjanovi?
    September 14, 2007

    I suppose making the word drug a link triggers the spam filter.

  7. #7 David Marjanovi?
    September 14, 2007

    I suppose making the word drug a link triggers the spam filter.

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