Wednesday, April 3, 2013

C is for more Chemistry! Oh, and I'm insecure too.

I thought that I would give this month a loose theme, so today is about cytosine (remember, because A was was for Adenine?) Get it? It's also a part of DNA! Which is a part of you! So really, this month, I plan on explaining the four chemicals that make up you, ipso facto I'm explaining you!
Cytosine pairs with Guanine. With Adenine, I just talked about caffeine and sleep, so today, I'll discuss what makes cytosine a nucleotide and a little about base pairing. Nucleotides are made up of one sugar molecule, one phosphate and a base. In that classic double helix structure you've seen everywhere, the sugar and the phosphate make the backbone of the structure while the bases connect with each other. Cytosine, a pyrimidine, and Guanine, a purine, will connect with each other with a weak hydrogen bond. This bond can be easily broken by the Helicase enzyme, which I simply remember with this pickup line - "Baby, if I were an enzyme, I'd be Helicase so I could unzip your genes."


It's also Insecure Writer's Wednesday, put on by Alex J.Cavanuagh. Really, my insecurity comes from everyone staring at me this month. I signed up for this A to Z thing, and I expected to see an increase in views, but I was not expecting this. I guess I'd make a horrible author. "What do you mean people are reading my book? I can't deal with this! I'm going to hide in the mountains."

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  1. Are there any enzymes that can help you feel more secure?

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  2. Hi, nice to meet you and visit your blog. I'm helping Alex with cohosting duties for IWSG. You know, every now and again I write a post that gets more than usual attention and I feel just the same way! I start to want to hide a little. What is it with writers and attention? And yet we want people to read our stuff.... oh the paradox.

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    1. Nice to meet you too Julie. Seems like Alex is doing a lot these days. I think insecurity comes with being human, because I hear musicians and artists make the same complaints. Personally, the writing helps me be less insecure.

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  3. You're doing science for the A to Z Challenge, too! Hooray. I love reading about scientific subjects. :)

    Interesting post.

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  4. Totally agree about all the extra people on the blog during A to Z. I'm suddenly realizing just how boring I really am, especially with all of the people posting about traveling and whatever. Glad to know I'm not alone :)

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    1. Seeing eveybody's approach to the challenge is the best part of this There are close to 2000 people doing this and I haven't seen any overlab of topics. Being unique makes you interesting, right?

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  5. Samuel. I love your humor. Thanks for making me smile. God bless, Maria from Delight Directed Living

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    1. Your welcome. Glad a post about chemistry could make you smile.

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