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I finished 2001: A Space Odyssey last night. I can see how it would turn a lot of people into space nerds. Poetically written and worthwhile. Maybe I should see one of the movie versions?

We are working on a manuscript about lipid biosynthesis in the crickets, which led me to read a fly paper on complexities in the regulation of NADPH-producing enzymes. I hadn't given much thought to the role of NADP+ in vertebrates; interesting to consider.

I also didn't know much about the Pentose Phosphate Pathway.

Intermediary metabolism is fascinating.

Too much of today has been devoted to a manuscript review, for which I wound up reading a great review article on phenotypic plasticity and its consequences for individuals, populations, and species (probably paywalled).

Still, it's fun and interesting to get to learn about new subjects.

I can't remember what book is next on my List of Books to Read, but I feel like I have an agenda, if only I can remember it.


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Dec. 17th, 2015 02:21 am (UTC)
Yes, see the 2001 Space Odyssey movie! The classic one with the apes and the monolith.
Dec. 17th, 2015 02:38 am (UTC)
There's more than one? *is worried*

FWIW, the novel is written from the movie. The original inspiration was a short story called "The Sentinel", with a much simpler plot.
Dec. 17th, 2015 05:34 pm (UTC)
Ack! I was thinking of the remake of the Planet of the Apes, I suspect!
Dec. 17th, 2015 04:41 am (UTC)
I remember the pentose phosphate pathway vaguely. I remember more about NADPH/NADP+ because of the various interactions the TCA cycle has with generating it rather than ATP at a couple of points. Can't remember WHY, off the top of my head.
Dec. 17th, 2015 05:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I had vague memories of NADPH, too, but didn't fully appreciate its involvement in other cellular processes. Now I have a much better idea of its coolness.
Dec. 20th, 2015 12:45 am (UTC)
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