Molecule of the Month: Gluten

Breads, pastries and cakes are foods humans have been making and devouring for centuries. In particular, bread has been a central staple of our diet as scientists in 2018 discovered evidence of bread-making from a 14,000-year-old dig site1. One central component to breads and other baked goods is gluten. This molecule able to provide uniqueContinue reading “Molecule of the Month: Gluten”

Molecule of the Month: Auxin

As the bitter, cold winter comes to a slow end in the Northern Hemisphere we are reminded of the warmth and light that spring gladly offers. The icy patches are replaced by the buds and shoots of daffodils, tulips and crocuses that may have planted in the dead of winter. This re-awakening of Mother NatureContinue reading “Molecule of the Month: Auxin”

Molecule of the Month: Oxytocin

Literature, religion and philosophy have sought to understand and rationalise the multifaceted aspects of love through poetry, prose and songs. Shakespeare, Rumi and Ariana Grande have tried to encapsulate the heart wrenching passion of romance and why we humans seem to subject ourselves to devotion. Recently, science has become interested in the physiological and physicalContinue reading “Molecule of the Month: Oxytocin”

Molecule of the Month: Lawsone

Being of Bengali-British decent, there always have been two distinct parts of my identity. The one where I am to deeply relate to the struggles of a Bollywood protagonist being married off, and the other where I deeply love a morning cuppa. Having the best of the both worlds doesn’t come without its challenges ofContinue reading “Molecule of the Month: Lawsone”

Molecule of the Month: Tryptophan

TW: Article loosely discusses depression and low mood The holiday season is associated with many things, bright lights, dark nights, lazy Boxing Day mornings, questionably bad Christmas movies and finally, turkey. Undeniably, one of the best aspects of this season is the food – even coming from a person who doesn’t observe the holiday. RoastContinue reading “Molecule of the Month: Tryptophan”

Molecule of the Month: ATP

ATP, or adenosine triphosphate is a molecule which you simply can’t escape if you study science, as so many cellular processes depend on it. The very fibre of our being, our DNA, has aspects of this molecule and allows life to simply flourish. This wondrous, multi-faceted molecule is the “energy currency” of the cell1, asContinue reading “Molecule of the Month: ATP”