New uses for old CDs (part 2)

Got old CDs? Looking for uses for them? Have you thought about immobilizing biomolecules in their microgrooves? “Old compact discs (CDs) have been found to be useful for modern chemical research. Their metal reflective film is suitable for the preparation of high-quality self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) and for electrochemical analysis; pre-grooved polycarbonate base is ideal for […]

The biochemistry of love: an interview with Ig winner Donatella Marazziti

The Faculty of 1000 blog interviews Ig Nobel Prize winner Donatella Marazitti: The biochemistry of love: an interview with Donatella Marazziti By Samuel Winthrop 21 May 2014 Donatella Marazziti is a professor of psychiatry and the director of the psychopharmacology laboratory at the Department of Psychiatry, Neurobiology, Pharmacology and Biotechnology at the University of Pisa. She […]

Kevin, the singing biochemistry instructor: Gluconeogenesis

Dr. Kevin Ahern is a Senior Instructor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Oregon State University, US.  Dr. Ahern  Kevin has created a selection of “Wildly Popular Metabolic Melodies, Verses and Mildly Popular Limericks” Here is an example : a melody entitled ‘Gluconeogenesis’ Also see : Ahern, Kevin. “Song: I’m a Little Mitochondrion […]

Bacteriology: ox ox ox ROO or a Sor Rub?

Investigator Michael Strack sends word about some words: For readers who consider biochemistry a dry discipline, the article “Rubredoxin: Oxygen Oxidoreductase Enhances Survival of Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough under Microaerophilic Conditions” provides some contrary evidence, as authors Wildschut et al. provide notable diversity and combinations of memorable abbreviations. The action is condensed into the very first […]