By Liabel Peña (Casposons)
The UPLB Genetics Society welcomes four new sisses from the Second Wave of membership application in the name of Batch Casposons: Liabel Peña, batch leader, is a BS Biology student from Caritas Don Bosco School who formerly participated in Genetics Camp 2012 and 2013; Sandra Reyes is a BS Biology student from Ateneo De Naga who graduated 2nd honor; Bianca Redondo is a BS Biology Ruralite who was the 9th top scorer of the UPRHS (UP Rural High School) Entrance Exam and Katrina Dela Peña, the sole BS MST (Math and Science Teaching) student of Batch Casposons, graduated 2nd honor from Juan Sumulong High School comprises the new addition to the gene pool.
The batch name, Casposons, is derived from a self-synthesizing mobile genetic element believed to be the missing link to the immunological defense system of prokaryotes, playing a significant role on their repair, defense, metabolism and gene regulation. Each fresh recruit strives to prove their worth in the organization and impart themselves to attain the objectives of the organization and uphold its constitution. Casposons are very much related to transposons, also termed "jumping genes", which are DNA segments essential for gene regulation and immunity. The main difference between these DNA elements is the latter transverses randomly between genes while the former targets particular areas of the genome. The site specific nature mirrors the commitment of the batch to the organization.
Commitment to the organization, as well as to each other, Casposons held onto batch unity throughout the process. "Batch" was not merely five letters stringed to call each other. It became a bond, formed and forged with the principles of being a member of The UPLB Genetics Society. A concentrated concoction of emotional variability that everytime "Batch" is uttered a flash of smiles and cries bombard them because for a moment in time these four sisses only had each other. They once called themselves sister chromatids symbolizing the significance of sticking together because of the disintegration of the chromosome upon the departure of one sister chromatid. Thus, these four sister chromatids went through the application process and went out official members of The UPLB Genetics Society. Batch Casposons' four sister chromatids are intact and ready for the shores that will catch their wave.
The strength of a wave does not cease upon its contact with the shore, it merely shows it. Only to be welcomed back by the sea to improve itself.
These words completely evaluate the essence of becoming a member of The UPLB Genetics Society. Each one is faced with certain circumstances and how it is handled does not define vulnerability but highlights another aspect of strength. The organization is there to impart knowledge and support to further improve each member and unlock their potential for excellence.