Schizophrenia Explained

Schizophrenia (shattered mind) it affects the way thinks, feels, perceives reality. It causes disturbances in thought process, perception, and affect. Skizo means split or divided and phren means mind. In history, people thought individuals with schizophrenia were possessed by the devil due to lack of knowledge and were scared. Today stigma is huge and society…

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Mood Disorders: Mental Health

Moods occur from specific experiences in our lives that we relate to an emotion or feeling too. Alterations occur in our emotions that cause mood disorders. These alterations cause psychological effects manifested from either depression or mania. Moods can be elevated or depressive and can cycle between the two. Mood disorders often go undetected and…

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Regulation of Gene Expression and Operons Explained

Goals Explain why it is important for cells to express different genes at different times, in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Describe the general function of a transcriptional activator and transcriptional repressor Describe what an operon is and its basic regulation Explain how and under what conditions the lux operon is regulated Predict the effect of mutations…

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Transcription in Eukaryotes Explained

Goals Describe the major differences (polymerases, mechanism of initiation, promoter, termination) between eukaryotic and prokaryotic transcription Describe the structure and function of the 5′ cap and polyA tail of an mRNA Transcription Overview An enzyme called RNA polymerase is used on a template DNA to create a new strand of RNA. The key steps to…

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The Importance of Consistency

It’s hard to be an open book to everyone online, and it’s something I’m trying to get used to. So far it’s been cool because I’ve hadn’t gained a lot of attention on what I blog about. But the other day I received some advice from a friend who got that advice from their uncle.…

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