Drunken Monkey Hypothesis: some serious evolutionary and molecular biology

This has to be a good read! Not just because it might be amusing but also because there is some serious evolutionary and molecular biology here. Our craving for alcohol seems to have a long, long evolutionary history, with a neat mutating gene, ADH4 (No! Not anti-diuretic hormone but alcohol dehydrogenase enzyme), which speeds up…

Cytochrome c and cladistics – and much more!

I love the way the new syllabus can bring together different themes, concepts and understandings, through a focus upon one, seemingly small component. An understanding of cytochrome c might bring together and help a comprehension of this lot: protein structure structure (2.4 Proteins & HL 7.3 Translation) function in cell respiration as an electron carrier (8.2…