Archive for November 16th, 2010

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Life Chemistry

November 16, 2010

The newly released four and a half minute animation, “Powering the Cell: Mitochondria,” transports students into the three-dimensional microscopic world of mitochondria. The animation highlights the production of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) – mobile molecules which store chemical energy derived from the breakdown of foodstuffs. ATP molecules act as a kind of currency, imparting chemical energy to power most of the cell’s activities.

When I majored in chemistry biochem/biosci was a black art – with very little real understanding. With the knowledge and tools available now that is quite different. Nature is still reluctant to give up her secrets – but this is the most promising area of scietific research – bar none.