Thursday, 3 March 2011

Winner from yesterday

Yesterday I had a competition for whomever could guess the physiological cycle the quickest. Broda correctly guessed the citric acid cycle.

The citric acid cycle, or more commonly known as the Krebs cycle (after Hans Krebs) is the process is which the cells' mitochondria make energy in the form of ATP (adenosine triphosphate). It is the most common cycle in which your body produces energy, as it is the most efficient. The process involves glucose that has been broken down into Acetyl-CoA going through a number of chemical reactions that finally net an end result of about 30 molecules of ATP per each molecule of glucose. Far more efficient than the two molecules of ATP per glucose molecule that anaerobic glycolysis produces. 

So why do we have different cycles for producing energy if one is far more efficient, you ask? Well let me tell you my little sasquatches; it's because the Krebs cycle must have oxygen to function. This makes it an aerobic energy production method. Anaerobic glycolysis is as it's name implies, it uses no oxygen. This is the cycle you use when you're exercising heavily and not enough oxygen is getting to your muscles. This process also produces lactic acid, which is why your muscles burn after such exercises.

Well, enough of that, we must get to the prize. As promised a personalized drawing by me, to you for your profound knowledge in the field of basic physiology.

What? The man's a programmer, I'm sure he'll like it. 
Maybe.

In other news, I had uni today, and we were in the nursing labs. I have no idea why (especially because this is the first time I've met this teacher), but we had to practice palpating (feeling) a patients chest, stomach et cetera, and she just looked at me and said "you're the patient". So I had to remove my shirt and lay on a bed while students poked and prodded my bare body. It was definitely an experience I won't forget, especially because I'm not what you'd call slender.

Anywho, just another experience under the belt.

35 comments:

  1. Respectm sounds like hard studies..
    http://baxxmans.blogspot.com/

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  2. "while students poked and prodded my bare body" lol that picture is full of win dos how can i be COOL like BRODA and program on 3 computers? one day,one day,Ill be cool =D

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  3. how does it feel when a bunch of strangers poke you?

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  4. Awkward at first, then, awkward.

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  5. That doesn't sound pleasant... poke them back!

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  6. A medical student AND an artist?
    I just hope that comic has a follow-up. Let me know about Broda Part II lol.

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  7. Being the test subject is never fun =)

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  8. Hahaha, that comic is awesome. But i'm not liking it, i'm loving it ;).

    Mind if i use it for my own blog?

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  9. That part about the citric acid cycle was actually pretty interesting. And the comic is great.

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  10. thanks for the info on the Kreb´s cycle, very well explained... p.s.: "lay on a bed while students poked and prodded my bare body" mmm sound like fun

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  11. Awesome! I love your comics Jesse :D

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  12. I'm also studying towards med school, following intently.

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  13. Hahahah that is so awkward. Dude I'm in pretty good shape and I still would have been weirded out

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  14. Sounds like a throwback to grade 9 or 10 biology!

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  15. that sounds like an awkward situation, even if it is for the future doctors...

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  16. Haha, the comic is great! You should post one daily!

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  17. I'm too lazy to even be a programmer...

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  18. Broda, by all means! I made it for you. I'd appreciate a linkback or recognition though if that's okay.

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  19. I would have never guessed the citric circle...

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  20. Be glad you weren't practicing prostate exams.

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  21. Krebs cycle may be the most efficient, but the Krabs cycle only has one step.

    http://randomramblingggg.blogspot.com/

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  22. Dude I learned so much. I also never realized how little I know medically speaking...BTW...made you new blog of the day.

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  23. Haha, love the comic :D Nice work man

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  24. I like your comic style! Reminds me of xkcd.

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  25. good info thanks. i'm also reminded a bit of xkcd

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