Biochemistry who are you?! and what do you want from me?!!

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So the epic question that every university student secretly asks themselves (oh gosh besides “I wonder if to go Zen or 51 tonight?” 😛 ) is : “How is *insert course name here* relevant to my life?!”  At times we get frustrated when the course material becomes more complex and wonder, to put it quite frankly, why the hell am I studying this and how does this even apply to real life? I’ll admit that the thought crossed my mind once or twice with biochemistry. Truthfully sometimes some concepts in science can make us relate to Channing Tatum in 21 jump street:

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…..If you watched the movie you’ll definitely remembered what he said here 😛

I for one am a “see it to believe it “ kinda gal, meaning I’m very uninterested in studying something if I can’t witness it first hand or experience it. I like to actually understand work that I’m studying versus merely memorizing material. I find that this is the key to mastering various topics and that it fuels my interest or desire in said field of study. So upon browsing the internet for blog worthy material I stumbled across this informative article entitled “ Biochemistry: The Career Guide” presented by the Biochemical Society and thought I would share it with you, the citizens of Biochem nation J I am going to provide a quick overview of the article and share with you what I feel are the main points of this article but I will also link it down below if you are interested in reading it yourself which I highly recommend.

So the article begins by showing the readers the relevance of biochemistry and its role in combating major issues for example:

  1. Did you know that biochemistry has a hand to play in the development of drugs and medicines which aid in treatment of neurological disorders including Parkinsons disease, schizophrenia,  and AHDH (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) to name a few? This is all possible due to research of biochemists regarding message transmission and the brain. Pretty cool right?
  2. Any CSI fans in the house? Well, did you know that biochemists are responsible for advancements in forensics and genetic investigations? This is all feasible due to biochemists discovering that we all have our own “genetic finger print.” This means that it’s possible to track down family members by analyzing DNA and is extremely useful in criminal investigations. So basically if it weren’t for biochemists’ interest in this realm of study, shows like maury would not be the same….Image….Television would be incomplete without the: I’m not the father dance/ handstand… it’s a classic really.All jokes aside though, in the broader sense this is useful in better comprehension of evolution. Yup, that is pretty awesome!
  3. I think it is safe to say we’re all familiar with the following diseases :  Diabetes, cystic fibrosis, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. The unfortunate reality is that I’m sure every one of us knows at least one person who is or has been affected by at least one of these diseases. But never fear biochemists are here!  Image
  4. 😉 oh yeahhhh!!!

    Biochemists research has made it possible to analyze diseases like these at a molecular level thus they are able to make diagnoses more efficient and this leads to development of useful drugs and medicines that can be tailored to a patients genetic makeup. Incredible!

    The article continues by explaining exactly what biochemistry is. Essentially biochemistry revolves around:

    1. Chemical processes that take place inside of all living organisms.
    2. E xamination at a molecular level, that is, at a smaller level. For example biochemistry explores what takes place inside of cells, how cells communicate with each other and analyzes the different components of cells (eg: proteins, carbohydrates, nucleic acids etc.)
    3. Identification of specific genes and what they code for.

    Basically biochemistry is closely related to the following fields:  medicine, microbiology, forensics and genetics to name a few.

    The article then proceeds to give you information on what a general biochemistry course would involve (ie. What topics are studied) and useful information on various degrees related to biochemistry. This is pretty useful information that you can take into consideration if you’re wondering what type of degree you want to pursue, I know some of us are still pretty lost when it comes to what academic path we wish to follow.

    Finally something that I was glad that they included in this article was the testimonials by various individuals who pursued a biochemistry or biochemistry related degree. What I love about this is that it shows the reader that career opportunities for someone who has studied biochemistry are limitless! It also shows the reader the various ways in which skills and concepts learned in biochemistry courses can be utilized whether you are a research scientist, a pharmaceutical consultant or even a videogame producer!

    So my fellow biochemians I hope this post was informative to you and I sincerely hope that I reached out to those of you who are unsure as to whether or not you would like to pursue Biochemistry in year 2. This short article really opened my eyes and influenced my opinion on biochemistry dramatically. I can honestly say I appreciate biochemists even more after reading it. Be sure to check it out!

    the website: http://www.biochemistry.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=0vPfOJSCE-o%3D&tabid=789

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