Sunday, November 25, 2012


I finally figured out why I didn't get into medical school until this year.

We are currently studying cell physiology. Organelles, membranes, endocytosis, cellular respiration - mostly information we covered in high school and college level biology. Last Wednesday, though, we were introduced to a new topic. After a clinical vignette on cholera (to get us ready for our Thanksgiving feasts, I'm sure), we covered the process of autophagy.

We learned that autophagy is the process by which worn out or dysfunctional proteins and organelles are delivered to and degraded by lysosomes. And this is cutting-edge information. In his deadpan Irish brogue, Dr. Thorburn told us that this was the first year autophagy had been taught as part of the med school curriculum at UC Denver, "so those of you who could have gone to school last year but decided to wait a year made a good choice. Look what you would have missed out on."

The first picture of autophagy ever taken. Published in the Journal of Cell Biology in 1962
Yep. There's the reason. My medical education would have been incomplete without a lecture on autophagy. Who knew?

1 comment:

  1. T! I've got it! I bet this will be the key to your unlocking the mysteries of the universe and saving lives one day. :)