Lost in Translation

Credit: Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Anyone that’s taken a high school biology class is probably familiar with the central dogma of biology—DNA is transcribed into mRNA, which is translated into protein. Central Dogma of Biology As the basis for general biology, transcription and translation are fundamental to understanding the living systems scientists study. Despite the … Continue reading Lost in Translation

Why Do We Need Fats, Carbohydrates, and Proteins in our Diet?

By: Patrick Brown, 3rd year PhD candidate in the Biomedical Sciences Program There are an endless number of diet plans available today that purport to be the answer to all of our weight loss needs. Most of them are based on calorie restriction or minimizing intake of one of the major macromolecules found in food – fats, … Continue reading Why Do We Need Fats, Carbohydrates, and Proteins in our Diet?

DNA and Epigenetics: Understanding the Blueprint of Life (Part 2)

By: Patrick Brown, 2nd year PhD candidate in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program In Part I of my discussion of DNA and epigenetics, I described how DNA is first converted into mRNA via transcription, then mRNA is translated into protein. Once proteins are made from this genetic code, they can begin doing work in cells. I ended … Continue reading DNA and Epigenetics: Understanding the Blueprint of Life (Part 2)

DNA and Epigenetics: Understanding the Blueprint of Life

By: Patrick Brown, 2nd year PhD candidate in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Due to hit shows like CSI and The Big Bang Theory as well as an increase in news reporting, there is a growing interest in the various fields of biological science. As a scientist, I encourage everyone to learn more about the processes … Continue reading DNA and Epigenetics: Understanding the Blueprint of Life