Cell as a mini factory

The Cell As A Mini Factory

July 8, 2024 smitsa 0

I’m always fascinated by how we have  fashioned cells into small factories. They produce a great range of products from food and beverage to pharmaceuticals. […]

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What are Fats?

June 17, 2024 smitsa 0

Fats, also known as triglycerides, are a type of lipid and an important energy storage molecule in many organisms. They are composed of glycerol and […]

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Creating Synthetic mRNA

June 10, 2024 smitsa 0

Synthetic mRNA has so many uses now in biotechnology. It is one of the great genetic engineering tools available now that can transform a static […]

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June 10, 2024 smitsa 0

Erythromycin is a broad spectrum macrolide antibiotic that has been widely used to treat various bacterial infections, particularly those caused by Gram-positive bacteria and some […]

bacteriophages, virus


June 9, 2024 smitsa 0

Bacteriophages, often referred to as phages, are viruses that specifically infect and replicate within bacteria. The term “bacteriophage” originates from the Greek words “bakterion,” meaning […]

Escherichia coli

The Bacterium: Escherichia coli

June 9, 2024 smitsa 0

Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a Gram-negative, rod-shaped bacterium that belongs to the family Enterobacteriaceae. It is one of the most extensively studied and well-known […]

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Gene Duplication

May 28, 2024 smitsa 0

Gene duplication is a significant evolutionary event where a segment of DNA, including one or more genes, is copied and inserted into the genome. This […]

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Aspergillus parasiticus

May 22, 2024 smitsa 0

Aspergillus parasiticus is a significant fungal species within the genus Aspergillus. It is primarily known for its ability to produce aflatoxins, potent mycotoxins that pose […]

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May 13, 2024 smitsa 0

Beta-lactoglobulin (BLG) is a major whey protein found in the milk of mammals, particularly in cow’s milk. It belongs to the lipocalin protein family and […]

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Polyketide Synthesis

April 7, 2024 smitsa 0

Polyketide synthesis is a fascinating process, mainly occurring in microorganisms like bacteria and fungi, which produces a diverse group of secondary metabolites known as polyketides. […]