Alberts et al., 1994 vs. The Beatles, 1969

September 2, 2008

I was trawling for images to use for an upcoming lecture when I came across Professor Larry Moran’s blog (, with its image of the authors of the 3rd edition of Molecular Biology of the Cell: Bruce Alberts, Dennis Bray, Julian Lewis, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts, James D. Watson. His blog was commenting on the place itself where it was taken, and how it was not recognized by his students.

// of Professor Larry Moran.

Molecular Biology of the Cell 3e Authors: Alberts et al., from the back cover, taken from of Professor Larry Moran.

Well, I haven’t been by that place at all, and I’m nowhere near as old as Prof. Moran or the MBoC authors, but the shot looks like a riff on the much-copied, much-parodied, music classic:

The Beatles Abbey Road Album, 1969

The Beatles Abbey Road Album, 1969

Well, who do you think look better– Alberts et al. or John, Paul, George, and Ringo ? The pic just proves that scientists have a sense of pop culture and iconography. 😉 I wonder if Alberts et al. listened to the Beatles when they wrote the book.

Wala lang, naaliw lang ako. Di ko era, pero aliw pa rin.


Welcome to a new semester of biochemistry!

June 5, 2008

It’s the new school year, and we’re gearing up for new faces joining us in biochemistry. Welcome! We hope you enjoy looking at life at the molecular level. To get you into the spirit of things, here are some links to check out:

Article on Carbohydrates from the Harvard School of Public Health

May 15, 2008

Read more about carbs and nutrition in this 3-page article from the Harvard School of Public Health:


PCR Song and Music Video

May 10, 2008

Forgot to include this in the links: See the PCR music video ad of Bio-Rad at The lyrics are also available (PDF file) biorad_pcrsong_lyrics.

Transum participants

May 2, 2008

Ms Rutth Gerochi has informed us that there are Manila options for the transum fieldwork. These would allow you to attend our CH 151 classes in the morning.  So please note the following:

  1. Any absence due to the fieldwork will be counted towards your allowance of 6 cuts. Going over 6 cuts means automatic withdrawal without permission from the course. Arrival after attendance is checked is considered a cut. So you may opt to use your cuts for the fieldwork if  you have perfect attendance so far.
  2. Note however that the absence is NOT excused, so make-up work will NOT be given. Any points for quizzes, recitation, exercises, and other class activities are forfeited. If you are absent, please make sure that your grades can take the hit.
  3. As always, class notes will be posted so you can track what’s going on in class.

Have a fruitful field experience!

Possible textbook

April 16, 2008

We’re still in the middle of negotiations to get copies of Boyer’s Concepts in Biochemistry textbook for you this summer. We’ll keep you posted, but we should have a definite answer by tomorrow or Friday. Ballpark cost is P1,500. If you haven’t shopped for a textbook yet, please hold off buying a text, in case the supplier can bring the books in. For those who got other books, don’t worry, those are useful too. We hope the handouts help you in finding the topics to read in the particular textbook that you have.

Set 2 Handout- Protein Structure

April 15, 2008

Handout for Protein Structure lectures now available on the Downloads and Links site.