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.