Friday, November 12, 2010

I Haz Follower?

Hello to my follower person! Hope you like the weather over here. :) By all means, feel free to communicate and say hello, or to recommend my blog to others.

I plan on finishing complement today, and putting up a discussion on cardiac physiology. It'll give me practice for my exam on Monday.

Hopefully sometime next week I can talk about X-rays and CT before my physics exam.

But, because I have someone who is watching, I thought I would do something a little special right now and include a little neurophysiology. It is, after all, one of the most interesting things about physiology in general. At least to me.

Robert MacKinnon won the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for helping to isolate and describe the crystalline structure of potassium channels. Potassium channels are extremely crucial to our normal function. This is a fascinating paper that details his approaches and gives some background on the problem. Right now, visualizing ion channel structure is very difficult. They are miniscule and isolating them without destroying the structure is painstaking. He has gotten the closest to imaging the channel. Go and enjoy.

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