Polintons: The Independent Genes

Compiled and Edited by: Blaire de Borja (Helitron)


Polintons, in simpler sense, are a type of genes that jump from genome to genome - like a ping pong ball moving from one table side to another. What is very unique about Polintons is that, unlike other “jumping genes”, it can produce its own proteins to double itself. In fact, its very name was derived from two enzymes that allow them to replicate: polymerase and integrase. With a genome that is relatively large, Polintons can encode up to 10 different proteins. More surprisingly, some studies suggest that Polintons could potentially have the ability to form viruses. Because of its peculiar characteristics that represent the lovely and mysterious nature of genetics, it then became the name of the 104th batch of Genesoc.

The sole member of Batch Polintons is Renald James Legaspi who is a 3rd year BS Biology – Major in Genetics student. To know more about Renald here is a short biography narrated by him about his life experiences and personality.

Image may contain: 1 person, textAt the age of 7, his father bought him a Gameboy Advance, the first gadget he got. From then, he loved to play virtual games. Supermario brothers was his first love, Balloon fight was his first frustration and Megaman was his first hero. He also loves cartoons like Pokemon, Doraemon, Digimon and even Mojacko. His childhood was filled with fantasies and dreams of a kid. With such love to games, Renald believes in heroism and might even dream of becoming one.

Besides having such undeniable love for video games, he also spends his leisure time writing articles and poetries. In fact, he even became a part of the journalism club back when he was in high school, earning medals and recognition not just from writing but also from singing, academics and his science inventions; with his creative mind it seems that he’s unstoppable which is why he found himself entering the most prestigious state university in the Philippines.

After high school, where he graduated with honors, he entered a dramatic period of his life. College life is not really hard for him just except for certain episodes. There are circumstances wherein he needed to make a decision based on his religion-based values or based from what the society dictates. Such circumstances make him feeble and weak. However, he is still learning the ways of life just like a Polinton, jumping from one genome to another but still retaining parts of it. Because to him, it is very important that no matter what happens, your past is always a big part of who you are and what will you be.


The newest member of the society hopes that his enthusiasm for the field of Genetics will not be limited in the four corners of the classroom but will be widely shared to the people who can benefit from his knowledge. He desires to put a remarkable memory on the gene pool as he develops himself inside the organization.


References:
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eukaryotes". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 103 (12): 4540–4545. doi:10.1073/pnas.0600833103

Krupovic, Mart; Koonin, Eugene V. (22 December 2014). "Polintons: a hotbed of
eukaryotic virus, transposon and plasmid evolution". Nature Reviews Microbiology. 13 (2): 105–115. doi:10.1038/nrmicro3389

Krupovic, Mart; Koonin, Eugene V (June 2016). "Self-synthesizing transposons:
unexpected key players in the evolution of viruses and defense systems"Current Opinion in Microbiology. 31: 25–33. doi:10.1016/j.mib.2016.01.006

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