Scientia et Arte

If science were art and art were science, then the howling black wolf has probably swallowed some N-(4-hydroxyphenyl)ethanamide.

The Beauty of Molecules

In the course of my chemistry education, attention and fascination has been directed to the visualization of molecules. Chemistry is the study of tiny particles, isn’t it? Or at least … Continue reading

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Case Study 1: Tryptophan and Blue Diaper Syndrome (with some postscripts)

Urine color could tell many things. Of course, the normal color is yellow, due to the pigment urochrome. A cause for alarm is when one’s urine changes color, from varying … Continue reading

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My Dickinsonian Poem on Protein Synthesis

Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way. – Edward de Bono (The poem is found below.) Sometimes, four stanzas of breath … Continue reading

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I’ll wear my “genes” forever….

I guess a pact, as depicted by the purine-pyrimidine necklace, is the first thing I should worry about before I (we) create this web site. We are Athena’s disciples, and … Continue reading

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OTCD

Ornithine Transcarbamylase Deficiency (OTCD) is another rare, genetic, metabolic disorder that involves a defect in urea cycle. Although it only occurs in one out of 80 000 births, it is … Continue reading

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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

In November of 2011, a 68-year old woman, Mrs. S., complained of headaches occurring at irregular intervals for the past three days. She also took ibuprofen every 8 hours for … Continue reading

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Case Study 4: A case of Vitamin E deficiency

Here is another case from Richard Ludueña’s Learning More Biochemistry: 100 New Case-Oriented Problems (1997): Your patient is a 20-year-old wheelchair-bound man who exhibits an absence of deep tendon reflexes. The lipoprotein profile of … Continue reading

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Case Study 3: Trimethylamine and Fish Odor Syndrome

We humans naturally avert the smell of decay. If the smell of rotting fish (or for that matter, even raw fish) turns you off, imagine someone have an illness with … Continue reading

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Maple Syrup Urine Disease (MSUD): the Sweet Smell of Mutation

Do you love the sweet, caramel-like smell of male syrup? I know I love it to go with my pancakes.  But, do you love it so much you’d like your … Continue reading

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Writing Through the Plume of Ezra Pound (An Imagist Poem on Protein)

The first two poems (below) are both Dickinsonian in style and very proto-Modernist, such that the use of punctuation is challenged and the rhyming scheme is obviously problematic, at least, … Continue reading

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