News and Views from a Mass Spectrometry Lab in Irapuato, Mexico

(Bio)chemistry is not sexy

This is quite clear to me. Although I try to convince students, colleagues and executives that molecules are the basis of life, since they provide energy (ATP), store information (DNA), enable movement (actin), kill enemies (chloramphenicol), control libido (testosterone; see fig.), etc., they seem to be boring, and knowledge about (bio)chemistry irrelevant. Yes, teaching can be quite frustrating...

Currently, a lot of resources are spent in sequencing genomes of microbes, animals and plants. But is this useful if we do not study their metabolic activity at the same time? I have not seen many success stories of eradicating diseases or improving crops from genomics. We will have to fill the genomes with life.

Be prepared:
The era of (bio)chemistry is just coming!

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