This week was focused on reviewing chemistry, which proved to be more challenging than I expected! We learned about the pH scale, acids, bases, buffers, and started to look at macromolecules as well. After the chapter review last weekend, I caught up on some key concepts that I previously learned in chemistry. First, pH is… Continue reading Basic Review of Chemistry
The Molecular Origins of Life: 1.D.1 1.D.2 Replication Pros: DNA molecule’s primary function is replication and it carries out a variety of chemical reactions required for metabolism DNA encodes info The structure makes it easy to pass info to descendants In order to replicate, DNA needs proteins RNA is the original life molecule It… Continue reading The Molecular Origins of Life!
I chose to make a Phylogeny tree on the Cytochrome C protein. But what even is Cytochrome C? Cytochrome c is a highly conserved ~12 kDa protein consisting of a single 104 amino acid peptide with a single heme group. Because of its ever-present nature and sequence homology, cytochrome c has been used as a model protein for molecular… Continue reading Phylogeny Trees