Hi to Jorge and the other slingshooters!

Discussion in 'Welcome & Introductions' started by Enoch1970, Aug 13, 2012.

  1. Enoch1970

    Enoch1970 New Member

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    Hi Everyone, <br><br><br><br>I have enjoyed watching Jorge's YouTube videos, he is a true craftsman. I enjoy when he measures the results of his creations. I have always liked slingshots, and was an avid archer. I am a biologist/scientist, and I don't have much time to do these things anymore, so it is very nice to be able to see what you are all doing! Cheers!
     
  2. JoergS

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    Enoch1970, good to have you! <br><br>May I ask what is your field in biology? I am fascinated by evolution, and also by contagious diseases and their impact on society.
     

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    Hello and welcome! <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
     
  4. onnod

    onnod Im from Holland, isnt that weird?

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    Enoch1970 New Member

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    <table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>JoergS wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">Enoch1970, good to have you! <br><br>May I ask what is your field in biology? I am fascinated by evolution, and also by contagious diseases and their impact on society.</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br><br><br>Well I call my self a biologist, my bachelors are in Genetic Engineering, Zoology, and Medical Chemistry. I am currently working on my doctorate in physiology. <br><br>I have bench experience in Plant Physiology, Plant Pathology, Clinical Toxicology, Neurosciences, Cancer Biology. It is nice that the concepts I have learned over the years are applicable to any area of Life Sciences. I have been involved in this type of work for a long time now.<br><br>My current research work is in Diabetes and Obesity, I am trying right now to determine the mechanism of insulin resistance in skeletal muscle. <br><br>I would love to learn more details about your work about infectious disease!</span>
     
  6. JoergS

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    I would not say that I have done "work" about infectious diseases. I just studied it, with a special focus on the Black Death (from 134x to 1720). Between 1347 and 1350, in the first wave, that disease killed about 30 to 50% of Europe's population. It was so devastating that the aftermath of the shockwave is still in our minds today. The AIDS hype we saw in the 80s is a clear sign for this primeval fear. Even the "Zombie" genre is based on that emotion - a deadly danger, slow but unstoppable, caused by something we don't understand. <br><br>Even though people that survived the Black Death did probably not see it that way, the disease ended the middle ages, making way for science and the renaissance. It also ended deforestation and hunger. In that regard it was a classic Mathusian "positive check". <br><br>This will happen again, at some point. We may or may not live to experience it, though. Fascinating thought.<br><br>I wrote a short story about it some years ago (in German), as a contribution to a "What If" anthology. The plot: A young medieval doctor in London, 1349, finds out how to make antibiotics from bread dough. It works...
     
  7. Enoch1970

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    That sounds fascinating! My german is horrible, or I would read your book, it sounds really good. There is a book that is more from a biologist perspective some people consider it a childrens book but I have found it enjoyable as an adult. "Microbe Hunters" by Paul DeKruif, you might find it interesting given your interest in infectious disease. Thank you so much for sharing!