Science is a Process, not an Object.

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Enolase detail

I Thought I would take a minute to talk about a reaction mechanism. This is not something on which I would test you. However, I thought getting into the mechanism…even just the idea of a mechanism…would be useful.
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Restriction Enzymes

This serves as a good example of the pattern I described: something is discovered; half the people try to figure out how it works; the other half try to figure out what they can do with it. This is the initial discovery that made all of biotechnology possible in the first place.
The image above comes from Wikipedia's entry on the enzyme EcoRI. The DNA is in orange at the top. The rest is the protein.
Please also check out a blog written by a friend and colleague of mine, David Goodsell. The blog is called "molecule of the month" and there is a link to it above. Here is the restriction enzyme blog.
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Molecules and Basic Bonding

I want to refresh you somewhat concerning the chemistry you will need to know to understand biology. Also, we use a "short-hand" notation when drawing organic molecules (molecules including carbon and hydrogen). This blog introduces you to that system, and some of the functional groups we will use consistently.
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Nucleic Acids

This blog covers some of the stuff I hope you learned earlier. I will need you to be fairly comfortable with the basics.
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