Batch Genophore: A New Geno-Power

Compiled by: Noelle Mercado (Hybrizyme)



First coined by American cytologist Hans Ris, Genophore is basically the chromosome equivalent in prokaryotes, viruses, and some organelles. The term genophore means "gene-holder" which refers to its genetic behavior—to contain the DNA.
With its significance in understanding genetic processes in prokaryotic systems, the 105th batch of GeneSoc was named after it.
Batch Genophore is a solo batch membered by Anlene Jane Rocha, or simply AJ. She is a 3rd year BS Biology student majoring in Genetics. To know more about AJ, here is a short narrative where she talks about her interests, passion, as well as personal experiences.

Anlene Jane Rocha
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AJ is an introspective, idealistic and theoretical thinker. She has a strong affinity to academic knowledge as she fancies reading books on science & technology, psychology, philosophy, science fiction and memoirs.  She likes to become a well-rounded student rather than angular and, likes to know a little of everything to become flexible in fields she may find herself in.  Her amazement about quantum physics, black holes and multiple-worlds theory make her seem too theoretical rather than realistic, but it is in these ideas do she find comfort. She also appreciates experiential learning, for she believes that every person is a mentor and a sacrificial angel – a person who you learn from through his mistakes, preventing you to commit such mistakes firsthand days sooner. Besides reading, she ponders on prose and poetry writing and has completed writing seven journals since she first received one in 1st grade. She likes writing because words tune her spiritual and moral compass, journals are her safety valves for emotions and, writing is the most accessible tool towards self-discovery. Along with writing, she likes thinking; however, extreme introspection always leads her to overanalysis and that idealism cuts her off from reality. She delights the feelings of being a romantic herself, getting lost in a book, hearing old people’s laughter and receiving warm hugs whereas, she despises awkward meet-ups and mentally repeating failed scenarios. In later years, she aspires to become a neurosurgeon-geneticist as she likes to be adept at the combination of both fields.

AJ joined The UPLB Genetics Society, because it occurred to her that there are more to learn in being a part of a group than merely being wholly individualistic. Analogous to a genophore with its histone-like binding proteins, she will continue to work as efficient as a bacterial DNA with academic and social reinforcement from the organization and its members. 

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