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Chemistry & Biochemistry

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This morning I had a banana genome, an orange genome, two chicken genomes (haploid, of course), and some fried pig genome, on the side. Later today, I will consume genomes from different kinds of green plants and perhaps even a cow or fish genome. I probably drank a bit of coffee DNA too, but didn’t…

How do you go about researching a genetic disease? This multi-part series explores how digital resources can be used to learn about Huntingtin’s disease. Reposted and updated from the original DigitalBio. A bit of background Alice’s Restaurant is a movie with an unforgettable song that mostly revolves around Arlo Guthrie hanging out with his friends.…

This is a fun puzzle. The pink molecule is a protein and the other molecule is a nucleic acid.

How do you use science outside of the lab? People say that transferring knowledge and skills from one subject to another represents one of the highest levels of learning. They also say that it hardly ever happens. Perhaps this explains some of the more astounding things that we hear from Nobel Prize winners, like when…

The grocery store magazine covers all say that home made gifts are big this year. So I thought, some of you might like to channel your inner Martha Stewart and make gifts with a science theme. I’m here to help to you make a merry mug with one of our favorite molecules. Yep, we’re talking…

Irony in RNA: a puzzle

This structure is called a “kissing loop” and I find that name just a bit odd, given the source of the structure.

When purified, it glows with an unearthly light. You can’t go “chemical free” and try to escape it. It’s part of our bones and it forms the backbone of our DNA. A tool for good, a tool of war, essential for gardening, and infamous as a pesticide; phosphorus is truly an amazing element. Amazing too,…

Two protein structures from an avian influenza virus are shown below. One form of the protein makes influenza virus resistant to Oseltamivir (Tamiflu®) Don’t worry, these proteins aren’t from H5N1, but they do come from a related influenza virus that also infects birds. technorati tags: molecular models, protein structures, influenza, bioinformatics, Cn3D

It could be geosmin.

Last Friday, we had another in the series of weird DNA structures. (You can see the first here). I asked the audience to identify the unusual feature in this molecule. Here’s the first picture: tags: DNA structure, DNA , molecular structure, biochemistry Here’s the answer: