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The Krebs Cycle and Role of Amino Acids

Aerobic respiration is used by many organisms in the animal kingdom, including humans like you and me. It is a metabolic reaction that requires oxygen to produce ATP or energy. The equation for aerobic respiration is C6H12O6 + 6 O2 = 6 CO2 + 12 H2O + 38 ATP (engergy). In simple terms it means organisms take in food and...


Using Tapeworms for Weight Loss

Did you know in the 1950s some people would ingest tapeworms for weight loss? What is a tapeworm anyways? A tapeworm is a parasite that lives in your small intestine and absorbs many of the foods nutrients you digest. The idea was you could eat whatever you wanted, and the tapeworm would absorb most of...

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The Vampire Disease: Cutaneous Porphyria

I thought it might be appropriate to write about this disease since Halloween is coming up. Porphyria is thought to be the where vampire myths have come from, as people suffering from this disease usually have a sensitivity to sunlight, and abnormal hair growth. The main cause for this disease is the inability to produce heme...

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What You Didn’t Know About Hand Washing

Antibacterial Soap Many Americans are all into the rage about antibacterial hand soap. I remember a time a few years ago when I wouldn’t buy hand soap unless it was antibacterial. Otherwise there would be no point. Right?  WRONG. Antibacterial soap is actually worse than soap without the antibacterial agents. This is because antibacterial soap is...


Vanishing Twin Syndrome

  What is Vanishing Twin Syndrome? This is a syndrome where one of the fetuses from a set of twins or multiple fetuses dissapears in the uterus during a pregnancy. This interesting phenomenon has only been known for about 60 years. This is mostly due to the new advances with ultrasound technology, as we can now see fetuses...