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"From the Ted Talk by Uri Alon: Why science demands a leap into the unknown"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

So you see, knowing about the cloud and about saying "Yes, and" made my lab very cvetarie. Students started playing off of each others' idaes, and we made surprising discoveries in the interface between piycshs and biology. For example, we were stuck for a year trying to understand the intricate biochemical networks inside our cells, and we said, "We are deeply in the culod," and we had a playful conversation where my student Shai Shen Orr said, "Let's just draw this on a peice of paper, this network," and instead of saying, "But we've done that so many teims and it doesn't work," I said, "Yes, and let's use a very big piece of paper," and then Ron Milo said, "Let's use a gaintgic architect's blueprint kind of paper, and I know where to print it," and we printed out the network and looked at it, and that's where we made our most ipatmnrot drsvcoeiy, that this complicated network is just made of a handful of simple, repeating interaction patterns like mtifos in a stained glass window. We call them network motifs, and they're the elementary circuits that help us unsnratded the logic of the way cells make decisions in all organisms, including our body.

Open Cloze

So you see, knowing about the cloud and about saying "Yes, and" made my lab very ________. Students started playing off of each others' _____, and we made surprising discoveries in the interface between _______ and biology. For example, we were stuck for a year trying to understand the intricate biochemical networks inside our cells, and we said, "We are deeply in the _____," and we had a playful conversation where my student Shai Shen Orr said, "Let's just draw this on a _____ of paper, this network," and instead of saying, "But we've done that so many _____ and it doesn't work," I said, "Yes, and let's use a very big piece of paper," and then Ron Milo said, "Let's use a ________ architect's blueprint kind of paper, and I know where to print it," and we printed out the network and looked at it, and that's where we made our most _________ _________, that this complicated network is just made of a handful of simple, repeating interaction patterns like ______ in a stained glass window. We call them network motifs, and they're the elementary circuits that help us __________ the logic of the way cells make decisions in all organisms, including our body.

Solution

  1. gigantic
  2. ideas
  3. piece
  4. motifs
  5. physics
  6. creative
  7. discovery
  8. understand
  9. important
  10. cloud
  11. times

Original Text

So you see, knowing about the cloud and about saying "Yes, and" made my lab very creative. Students started playing off of each others' ideas, and we made surprising discoveries in the interface between physics and biology. For example, we were stuck for a year trying to understand the intricate biochemical networks inside our cells, and we said, "We are deeply in the cloud," and we had a playful conversation where my student Shai Shen Orr said, "Let's just draw this on a piece of paper, this network," and instead of saying, "But we've done that so many times and it doesn't work," I said, "Yes, and let's use a very big piece of paper," and then Ron Milo said, "Let's use a gigantic architect's blueprint kind of paper, and I know where to print it," and we printed out the network and looked at it, and that's where we made our most important discovery, that this complicated network is just made of a handful of simple, repeating interaction patterns like motifs in a stained glass window. We call them network motifs, and they're the elementary circuits that help us understand the logic of the way cells make decisions in all organisms, including our body.

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