Interrupting our regularly scheduled procrastinating studying for finals to say this:
WOLFRAM|ALPHA IS THE BOMB.
I used it religiously when I was taking Ochem and had to fill out pages of info about various compounds for my lab reports, but I just read over some of the new stuff they added and boy, is it good:
-oligonucleotide melting temperatures: don’t bother looking up papers, just chuck in your primer sequence and get all the info you need!
-metabolic pathways: it doesn’t show the actual reactions, but it gives you all reagents, their structures, and even the enzymes if you click “more detail” enough times (ex: pyrimidine biosynthesis or citric acid cycle)
-also, everything you wanted to know about (mostly human) genomics in general
-species characteristics: want to know the size of a vampire bat eyeball? (Well, actually you can’t do that ‘cause they don’t have enough data, but you can totally look up blue whale eyeballs or the speed of grass growing)
-for all of the premeds out there: compute various things about the human body, drug interactions, healthy parameters for a certain size and weight, lens prescriptions and other cool stuff
-the calories in a metric lightyear of rich chocolate ice cream (or, you know, actually useful nutrition facts)
-basically whatever you can think of that involves numbers. It’s pretty nifty to play around with and every once in a while I come up with legitimate uses for it like calculating the number of sheep per capita in New Zealand (golly, we’re on the decline!) or looking for easter eggs.
Okay, go have fun.
And for the love of all that is biological, please submit stuff! I having trouble thinking about anything besides the microbial loop and comparative adaptations to dive stress in marine mammals.
Bio Major Planarian