Isolating single processes of a cell is the essence of medical research. If you want to study an enzyme which converts a substance A to B, you place the enzyme in a test tube, add substance A and observe how substance B is created. This what biochemistry is about. In the intact cell the three substances are processes.
The enzyme is a protein encoded in the DNA and born there.
It then travels from the site of its birth to the site where it will meet
substance A. As it travels through the cell it interacts with other molecules
differentiates and when mature it is ready to convert substance A to B.
Substance A just crossed the cell membrane and streams toward the site where
it will encounter the enzyme. The newly formed B substance will then travel
What the biochemist observes in the test tube is a static representation of three ongoing processes. A three dimensional projection of a multidimensional complexity. It’s like trying to capture the essence of a river in a glass of water. Chemically river and glass hold water yet when placing the river in a glass it loses its organization inherent in its stream. Isolation of your “protein walker” is a simplification of complex dynamics. A faint shadow of what really happens in the cell.
More on this in
1. Streaming proteins
2. A model of protein assembly:
Biological complexity is always inherited. Yet not the entire complexity has to be inherited. When sperm and egg unite, each contributes its “minimal complexity” from which the immense complexity of the organism emerges.
My main research objective is to find ways for simplifying this complexity without losing its essence.
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