Thursday, June 27, 2013

Better Biochemistry

This is a "Theme" post where I collect all previous posts on teaching biochemistry and molecular biology.

March 22, 2015
On the handedness of DNA

March 5, 2015
Don't misuse the word "homology"

January 28, 2015
Vision and Change

January 28, 2015
Evidence-based teaching

January 15, 2015
The Nature of Science (NOS)

January 11, 2015
Why can't we teach properly?

January 8, 2015
Evolutionary biochemistry and the importance of random genetic drift

January 3, 2015
Thinking critically about the Central Dogma of Molecular Biology

December 9, 2014
On the meaning of pH optima for enzyme activity

December 9, 2014
On the specificity of enzymes

December 4, 2014
How to revolutionize education

October 20, 2014
How not to teach biochemistry

October 3, 2014
Metabolism first and the origin of life

September 11, 2014
The mystery of Maud Menten

August 8, 2014
Historical contingency and the evolution of the glucocorticoid receptor

July 28, 2014
Finding the "perfect" enzyme

Jun 2, 2014
"Flipping the classroom": what does that mean?

April 25, 2014
ASBMB Core Concepts in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: Molecular Structure and Function

April 24, 2014
ASBMB Core Concepts in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: Biological Information

March 21, 2014
ASBMB Core Concepts in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: Homeostasis

March 5, 2014
The crystal structure of E. coli RNA polymearse σ70 holoenzyme

January 10, 2014
How not to teach biochemistry at memorize.com

December 9, 2013
Monday's Molecule #226

December 6, 2013
Die, selfish gene, die!

December 6, 2013
Do you understand this Nature paper on transcription factor binding in different mouse strains?

December 2, 2013
Monday's Molecule #225

November 12, 2013
David Evans Says, "Teach What the Vast Majority of Scientists Affirm as Settled Science"

November 5, 2013
Stop Using the Term "Noncoding DNA:" It Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means

October 30, 2013
Time to Re-Write the Textbooks! Nature Publishes a New Version of the Citric Acid Cycle

October 29, 2013
The Khan Academy and AAMC Teach Evolution in Preparation for the MCAT

October 29, 2013
The Khan Academy and AAMC Teach the Central Dogma of Molecular Biology in Preparation for the MCAT

October 29, 2013
The Khan Academy and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Team Up to Teach Evolution and Biochemistry for the New MCAT

October 24, 2013
ASBMB Core Concepts in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: Matter and Energy Transformation

October 15, 2013
ASBMB Core Concepts in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: Evolution

October 14, 2013
Fundamental Concepts in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

October 11, 2013
ASBMB Promotes Concept Driven Teaching Strategies in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Another curious aspect of the theory of evolution is that everybody thinks he understands it. I mean philosophers, social scientists, and so on. While in fact very few people understand it, actually, as it stands, even as it stood when Darwin expressed it, and even less as we now may be able to understand it in biology.

Jacques Monod (1974)
October 8, 2013
On the Importance of Defining Evolution

October 6, 2013
Teaching Biochemistry from an Intelligent Design Creationist Perspective

October 1, 2013
The Many Definitions of Evolution

September 30. 2013
The Problems With The Selfish Gene

September 18, 2013
Breaking News!!! Wikipedia Is Wrong! (about the Central Dogma)

September 13, 2013
Sean Carroll: 'What Is Science?"

September 13, 2013
Better Biochemistry: Teaching ATP Hydrolysis for the MCAT

September 12, 2013
Better Biochemistry: Teaching to the MCAT?

June 27, 2013
The Best Enzyme

April 16, 2013
Where Do Organisms Get Their Energy?

April 10, 2013
Spontaneous Degradation of DNA

March 18, 2013
Estimating the Human Mutation Rate: Biochemical Method

February 28, 2013
Saturday, February 28, 1953

February 7, 2013
How Linus Pauling Discovered the α-Helix

January 17, 2013
50th Anniversary of Ramachandran Plots

September 12, 2012
Does the Central Dogma Still Stand?



August 21, 2012
Designing a New Biochemistry Curriculum

August 21, 2012
Origin Stories


August 7, 2012
Changing Ideas About The Origin Of Life

August 6, 2012
What Does "pH" Mean?

August 3, 2012
On the Evolution of New Enzymes: Completely Different Enzymes Can Catalyze Similar Reactions

July 31, 2012
Carbon Dioxide Fixation in the Dark Ocean


July 31, 2012
Oscar Miller (1925 - 2012)

July 27, 2012
NASA Confusion About the Origin of Life: Part II

July 20, 2012
Better Biochemistry: Good Enough Enzymes

July 13, 2012
Slip Slidin' Along - How DNA Binding Proteins Find Their Target

July 3, 2012
Biochemists on Abbey Road

July 3, 2012
Was the Origin of Life a Lucky Accident?

June 15, 2012
What Kind of People Take Vitamins?

May 23, 2012
Better Biochemistry: The Perfect Enzyme

May 22, 2012
Free/Cheap Textbooks for Students

March 19, 2012
Dynamics and Sloppiness in Protein Synthesis

March 15, 2012
What Does a Eukaryotic Ribosome Look Like?

February 8, 2012
Must a Gene Have a Function?

February 4, 2012
An Ode to λ

January 27, 2012
Paul Doty (1920 - 2011) and DNA Renaturation

November 22, 2011
NASA Confusion About the Origin of Life

November 17, 2011
Medieval Teaching Methods

November 17, 2011
Better Biochemistry: The Problem with Glycerol Phosphate and Citrate and What This Has to Do with Archaebacterial Membranes

November 14, 2011
Better Biochemistry: Fischer Projections

November 1, 2011
Better Biochemistry: The Free Energy of ATP Hydrolysis

October 17, 2011
Better Biochemistry: Near-Equilibrium Reactions

August 19, 2011
Evolution of a New Enzyme

April 21, 2011
The Student-Centered Classroom

April 21, 2011
Core Concepts: Pathways and Transformations of Energy and Matter

October 21, 2010
Homology, Structural Homology, and Being a Little Bit Pregnant

June 21, 2010
On the Origin of the Double Membrane in Mitochondria and Chloroplasts

June 15, 2010
False History and the Number of Genes

May 15, 2009
Metabolism First and the Origin of Life

April 29, 2009
Head Growth and Tail Growth

March 26, 2009
How Does Streptomycin Work?

February 4, 2009
Biochemistry and Mass Spectrometry

Theme

Blood Clotting
January 5, 2009
How Does Your Blood Clot?

December 16, 2009
The Sanger Method of DNA Sequencing

December 10, 2009
Succinate Dehydrogenase

November 28, 2008
Biochemistry on the Web: The Citric Acid Cycle

November 25, 2008
Identity of the Product of Mendel's Green Cotyledon Gene (Update)

November 11, 2008
Enzyme Efficiency: The Best Enzyme

November 5, 2008
Evolution by Gene Duplication

October 20. 2008
The Lactose Paradox

THEME:
Transcription

September 16, 2008
How RNA Polymerase Binds to DNA

September 15, 2008
DNA Binding Proteins

September 5, 2008
Into the Textbooks It Goes (Fatty Acid Synthase)


September 4, 2008
Why Is ATP an Important Energy Currency in Biochemistry?

September 4, 2008
The Demise of the Squiggle

September 3, 2008
ATP Is a Coenzyme

August 8, 2008
How Do Ligands Bind to Proteins?

June 17, 2008
How long does it take to synthetize a molecule of leucine anyway?

June 11, 2008
How Enzymes Work

May 11, 2008
DNA Replication in E. coli: The Solution

Theme

Blood Clotting
May 10, 2008
On the Evolution of the Blood Clotting Pathway

May 9, 2008
Amino Acids and the Racemization "Problem"

May 9, 2008
DNA Replication in E. coli: The Problem

May 6, 2008
Reserpine

THEME:

More posts on
Protein Structure
April 6, 2008
One Protein - Two Folds

April 4, 2008
Levinthal's Paradox

April 3, 2008
Ramachandran Plots

April 3, 2008
The Peptide Bond

April 1, 2008
The Nitrogen Cycle

March 14, 2008
Evolution and Variation in Folded Proteins

March 13, 2008
Examples of Protein Structure

March 13, 2008
Levels of Protein Structure

March 13, 2008
Loops and Turns

March 10, 2008
β Strands and β Sheets

March 5, 2008
The α Helix

February 12, 2008
Repression of the lac Operon

February 12, 2008
The Lac Operon

February 7, 2008
Regulation of Transcription

January 23, 2008
Ribosomal RNA Genes in Eukaryotes

January 23, 2008
Ribosomal RNA Genes in Bacteria


January 17, 2008
Gerty Cori Biochemist on USA Stamp

January 16, 2008
Transfer RNA Processing: RNase P

January 16, 2008
Transfer RNA: Synthesis

January 16, 2008
Transfer RNA: Structure

December 29, 2007
DNA Denaturation and Renaturation and the Role of Hydrogen Bonds and Stacking Interactions




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