Are You as Smart as a Second Year University Student?
Today was the final exam in my introductory biochemistry course. It was kinda sad because it's the last year I'll be teaching this course.
Here's a variation on one of the questions. How many of you know the answer?
There are two basic strategies in polymerization reactions: head growth and tail growth. For each of the following polymerization reactions identify whether it is an example of head growth or tail growth.
a) DNA synthesis
b) starch synthesis
c) fatty acid synthesis
d) protein synthesis
Bonus points for Sandwalk readers if you can explain why it's important for some polymerization reactions to use a tail growth strategy.