Monthly Archives: February 2017

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A blog about life...literally


In the previous unit, we learned a lot about protein function and how they’re made. Proteins are essentially long polypeptides built up by hundreds of nucleotides, which include cytosine, adenine, thymine, and guanine. These nucleotides combine in triplets to from … Keep Reading

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Reminders of the Past

Evolution is a miraculous process; the theory that the smallest life form can grow over the course of billions of years into something as awe-inspiring as the elephant, a thirteen thousand pound beast that lives a life full of meaningful … Keep Reading

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Junk in the Trunk

Humans are about 90% trash. Or, rather, our DNA is. The non-protein-coding areas of human DNA are estimated to make up almost 98% of our genome; about 8% of this can be contributed to functional codes such as start and … Keep Reading

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A New Molecular Mechanism to Fight Bacterial Infections

A team of scientists describe a new antibacterial mechanism that has been identified that protects macrophages. Macrophages are defense cells in the immune system. This antibacterial can be carried out with organisms such as rats or mice that have the … Keep Reading

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Can Stem Cells Now Restore Vision After Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

As Americans grow older, the fear of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD), becomes a reality. Not only does Age-Related Macular Degeneration affect almost 15 million people in the U.S., but over 170 million people globally. ARMD is due to the degeneration … Keep Reading

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The Path Toward Human Cloning

Biologists are working to overcome a number of issues that prevent cloning. The way cloning basically works, is to replace the nucleus of an early embryo cell with that of an adult animal. Then the embryo cell is inserted into … Keep Reading

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