Today (Groundhog's Day, officially) we had snow again! It fell all day - big beautiful flakes. I'm wearing a new wool beret (terribly itchy...my poor forehead) with some vintage pins I stuck on it.
I learned something so interesting in my Physical Anthropology class yesterday when we were discussing the Black Plague. Up until recently it has been believed that if you contracted the bacterial disease, you were a gonner for sure. Now they have evidence that people survived the sickness, and even that people highly exposed to it weren't affected. So, they analyzed the genes of descendants of those survivors and found something interesting. On the gene called CCR5 there was a mutation called Delta 32. This mutation caused a protective case to form around the white blood cells, saving the cells from being attacked by the bacteria. Currently, the descendants that posses two mutations are immune to Aids (even though Aids is a virus it still attacks the white blood cells the same way).
In the same class we are learning the different bones in the body. Our Anthropology department currently has a real skeleton for the classes to study. I've never seen a real skeleton (besides the remains of mummies, I suppose) before. I mean, I've seen the reproductions of the bones and skeletons, but seeing it in real life was really different for me. I never fully realized how beautiful they really are. They are so intricate and extraordinary. I'm very inspired.
Well, that's all for tonight. Tomorrow I have class and then work...a long day, but you know, that's life. Pip pip.