User:Rthiggins/sandbox

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This is a sandbox. Note the lack of capitalization, indicating this is not the officially sanctioned, "Sandbox," but rather a clandestine box of sand for experimental purposes.

Nonetheless, there sure is a lot of sand in this sandbox.

My favorite subject

I took a lot of classes in pharmacy school. They ran the gamut from Biology I to Pathophysiology to Pharmacotherapy, a juggernaut 12 credit course. If I had to choose my favorite though, it would be a close race between Molecular Biology and Pharmacology/Medicinal Chemistry.

Molecular biology

Molecular biology is a course that examines the molecular basis of biologic functionality. Whereas a course in general biology or anatomy might discuss how food is broken down and processed by the digestive system, molecular biology would look at how the nutrient molecules digestion ultimately produces are transported through the lining of the intestine via specific transporter proteins. It would also discuss how that transport might be altered by the presence of hormones released in response to the body's nutrient needs. For example, if the parathyroid glands in your neck detect a lower than ideal level of calcium in your blood, they release parathyroid hormone, which causes additional transporters for calcium to be turned on in your intestine so you absorb more calcium from the food you eat. I liked this course because it was the first class that really started to answer the 'why?' of biology in detail.

Pharmacology/medicinal chemistry

Pharmacology
1. Pharmacology is the branch of biology concerned with the study of drug action,[1] where a drug can be broadly defined as any man-made, natural, or endogenous (from within body) molecule which exerts a biochemical or physiological effect on the cell, tissue, organ, or organism.
Medicinal chemistry
1. Medicinal chemistry and pharmaceutical chemistry are disciplines at the intersection of chemistry, especially synthetic organic chemistry, and pharmacology and various other biological specialties.
2. It specifically draws on these disciplines where they are involved with design, chemical synthesis, and development for market of pharmaceutical agents, or bio-active molecules (drugs).


Aldose reductase is a sweet enzyme! (science jokes, honk honk)


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References

  1. "The future of pharmacology". British Journal of Pharmacology 147 Suppl 1 (S1): S304–7. January 2006. doi:10.1038/sj.bjp.0706454. PMC 1760753. PMID 16402118. http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=1760753.