Monthly Archives: September 2019

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A blog about life...literally

Antibiotics May Be Risky

Everyone has taken antibiotics when they were sick due to some bacterial infection. Antibiotics are helpful in killing the bacteria and curing the body. Bacteria is a prokaryotic cell, which means that it has no nucleus, and they can cause … Keep Reading


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Plastic-eating “Mutant” Enzymes

Plastic waste on a beach in Malaysia Image from Wikimedia Commons The negative impact that humanity has on the environment is, without a doubt, one of the biggest and most difficult problems society is facing right now. The clean-up of … Keep Reading


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Recreating Ancient Enzymes

Recently, researchers at the University of Queensland have discovered the existence of an ancient enzyme that is able to function even under harsh conditions, like extremely light temperatures, almost 60 degrees Celsius. This can potentially change the pharmaceutical industry for … Keep Reading


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Power Over Peanut Proteins?

Image from Wikimedia Commons Nearly everyone knows someone with food allergies, whether they are a friend who carefully avoids peanuts to prevent a life-threatening reaction, or a family member who experiences mild irritations upon consuming shellfish, if we ourselves are … Keep Reading


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The Start Of Being Able To Go Nuts!

Allergies are an issue that many people struggle with daily, and as peanut allergies have tripled from 1997 to 2008 there is a push to find a way to either stop or prevent reactions. There are plenty of ways to … Keep Reading


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Needle-Free Flu Vaccine Skin Patch

Image from Wikimedia Commons Scientists recently discovered that a new type of skin patch could replace needles as a method of flu vaccination. When they tested the skin patch on mice, it resulted in an appropriate immune response without any … Keep Reading


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Unit 2 Review Videos

Mr. Andersen is back with a set of review videos about cell structure and function, the major topic of Unit 2. These videos emphasize the details you need to know about cellular structures and their functions. Check out Mr. Andersen’s … Keep Reading


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“A Tour of the Cell”

There are several resources available for you to use as you complete the Study Sheet for “A Tour of the Cell.” This post is intended to help you locate and utilize those resources.


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To Our Fuzzy, Striped, Six-Legged Friends

Our descendants may be forced to live without apple pie, garlic bread, peach cobbler, strawberry Pop-tarts, or sunflower field Instagram pictures. They may never know autumn in the ways we do in 2019; pumpkin carving, pumpkin pie, and pumpkin seeds. … Keep Reading


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No Insurance = No Insulin

In the United States, insulin prices are constantly on the rise. Manufacturers Eli Lilly, Sanofi, and Novo Nordisk markup the cost as much as 5,000 percent, forcing seven million Americans with diabetes no choice but to pay these outrageously expensive … Keep Reading


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New Enzyme Discovery

Image from Wikimedia Commons With more studying of the enzyme chalcone isomerase, scientists could discover how to turn an organism’s product into a molecule essential for life. A recent study by Salk Institute on Science Daily, uncovered that the enzyme … Keep Reading


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The Reporkcussions of Pig-Headed Resurrection

Image from Wikimedia Commons Domesticated approximately 5,000-7,000 years ago, pigs are one of the most intelligent animals in the world, ranking close behind dolphins. They are more easily trained than dogs and have a sense of smell so acute that … Keep Reading


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Climate Change: Actuality or Myth

In an ever changing world, politicians battle for power. One highly debated topic is the environment, and at the forefront: climate change.


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Unit 1 Exam – Block Day, September 18th

Our first unit exam will take place in class on the Block Day this week. The Unit 1 Guided Reading Questions, our Class Notes, the Macromolecule Worksheet, the Enzyme Activity Lab, the questions from the in-class review game, and review … Keep Reading


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