BioBit – Golgi body: Signed sealed and delivered

The Golgi body (or apparatus) is the final stop for most of the proteins made within the cell before they head off to perform their intended function. The Golgi body looks like a series of flattened discs or pancakes. New proteins are transported to the Golgi from the endoplasmic reticulum where they begin their journey through…

BioBit – Ribosomes, the protein construction crew.

Ribosomes are large molecules that are responsible for the production of all the protein that your cells need to perform their specific function. Ribosomes are unique within the cell because they are made up of both protein and a special type of RNA, ribosomal RNA (rRNA). Together, they form the two subunits of a ribosome,…

BioBit – DNA, RNA and Protein: The essence of life.

Life as we know it on earth could not exist without three molecules: DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), RNA (ribonucleic acid), and protein. We rely on them for everything that happens in our body. Here’s a brief introduction: DNA: Stores all the information on how to build your body. This information is what we call genes. All…

Can we make peanuts less dangerous for people with allergies?

Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergy to common food products that causes patients who come in contact with an allergen to be affected across multiple organ systems. The symptoms can include: hives, swelling, itching of the skin, coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, weak pulse, pale colour, and potentially death. Anaphylactic allergies to peanuts…