Molecule of the Month: The Most Dangerous Game.

Molecule of the Month: The Most Dangerous Game.

What better way to start off the year than with a Molecules of the Month theme of poison/venom. In this article, I break down [literally] the distinction between poison and venom, down to the chemical components. 
What does it take for an organism to be poisonous/venomous? Why are some organisms more deadly than others?

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Microbial Highlight: Zymomonas mobilis adding biofuel to fire

Microbial Highlight: Zymomonas mobilis adding biofuel to fire

Kenny introduces Microbial Highlights, a new FTDM series exploring microbial diversity featuring unique artwork by Steffen Poltak. Notorious for ruining alcoholic beverages made from apples since Roman times, Zymomonas mobilis is now gaining momentum in the Biotch industry as an alternative to yeast for biofuel production. Read on to learn more about "cider sickness" and how may just be the solution biofuel needs.

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How small can they go? Ultra-small bacteria discovered

How small can they go? Ultra-small bacteria discovered

An international team led by researchers at Berkeley published the first detailed photos of ultra-small bacteria that push the boundaries of membrane-bound life and change our view of the microbial world. How did the researchers accomplish such a feat and just how small is ultra-small? Read on to learn more!

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Molecule of the Month: Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD)

Molecule of the Month: Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD)

Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, a molecule commonly referred to as LSD, has been known for its recreational "benefits". Musicians write songs about it, artists draw inspiration from it, Disney makes films about it, intellectuals state they have had breakthroughs with its use, and druggies rave about it.  Is LSD really what people claim it to be or is it all just hype? 

This article delves into the facts and fiction behind this popular molecule with an aim to find out.

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Molecule of the Month: Anthocyanins

Molecule of the Month: Anthocyanins

Those of us living in temperate climates are all too familiar with the change of the seasons, but how much do we know about the biochemical changes that result in this vivid change in scenery? This FTDM post describes one of many molecules involved in leaf color composition: anthocyanins.

Photo credit: How Stuff Works

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Molecule of the Month: Something Sweet.

Molecule of the Month: Something Sweet.

How can salt and sugar look identical, but taste entirely different?  What makes sugar taste sweet and why is that a taste we crave?  Check out this month's post on molecules, going into the nitty gritty of these questions, to find out!

Photo credit: simplenutritiontips.com

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