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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Standard Classification of Disease
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comment Why is ATP the preferred choice for energy carriers?
It might be worth while having a look at this great article by F. H. Westheimer Why Nature Choose Phosphates, published in Science in 1987
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comment How, on a physical level, does ATP confer energy?
ADP also contains a 'high energy' bond where ΔG˚ for hydrolysis is about −30 kJ/mol. I presume you are not implying otherwise. That is, the 'beta-phosphate' may also be thought of as being 'very unstable'. As I understand things, the (free) energy 'currency' of ATP arises from the fact that the ATP = ADP +Pi reaction is maintained far from equilibrium in the cell.
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revised Are all body atoms really recycled several times during a life?
Fixed clanger no 2
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comment What is Luc Montagnier's research on electromagnetic signals from DNA about?
It seems to me that there is no evidence for fraud here, just as there was is no evidence of fraud in Pauling's famous claim that high doses of Vitamin C cures the common cold. We are surely dealing with yet another case of an imminent scientist making an extraordinary and implausible claim that is not supported by the evidence, and where the experimental results are open to many other much more plausible explanations.
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revised Are all body atoms really recycled several times during a life?
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comment Are all body atoms really recycled several times during a life?
In the original answer I said that the original isotope experiments were done with radioactive fatty acids. This, of course, is rubbish. They were done with deuterated fatty acids.
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reviewed Leave Open How do the first and second law of thermodynamics adhere to breakdown of glucose?
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answered Are all body atoms really recycled several times during a life?
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comment How do the first and second law of thermodynamics adhere to breakdown of glucose?
You may wish to research the famous maxim of Clausius: The energy of the universe is constant. The entropy of the universe tends towards a maximum
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comment How do the first and second law of thermodynamics adhere to breakdown of glucose?
The second law may be states in a number of ways, but to quote Gordon M Barrow "all [statements of the second law] generalize our knowledge that processes tend to go to a state of equilibrium. The second law sums up our experience with equilibria just as the first sums up our experience with energy". The breakdown of glucose is used to drive the ATP = ADP + Pi reaction away from equilibrium in the direction of ATP synthesis, mainly through oxidative phosphorylation.
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comment What is the definition of “dry weight” and “dry cell weight”?
This looks like an interesting paper on the topic you raise
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comment What is Luc Montagnier's research on electromagnetic signals from DNA about?
@terdon. (last comment) Yes we do seem to be saying exactly the same thing! Apologies if I sounded a bit gruff. Furthermore, neither of us mentioned Martin Fleishchmann and cold fusion
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comment What is Luc Montagnier's research on electromagnetic signals from DNA about?
@terdon. I don't want to get into an extended discussion,but as regards Barbara McClintock you have again missed my point. I have not said or impied that Barbara McClintock ever made an unsound claim. She didn't. You seem to have missed the inverted commas.