Category Archives: Life Sciences

BufferCalc

I wrote a small program in C++ using Qt that quickly calculates the ratio of weak acid to conjugate base you need to make a buffer solution of a certain pH.

Download will be here shortly. E-mail me if you’re interested.

Presence of cannabinoid-related oxidoreductases in non-cannabinoid producing organisms

Could smoking chickpeas get you high? No, but perhaps it could be made possible. While performing searches on NCBI, I noticed a remarkably high prevalence of enzymes that are very similar to cannabinoid oxidoreductases – enzymes responsible for the psychoactivity of Cannabis plants – in plants and fungi that do not produce cannabinoids. The genes coding for these enzymes are automatically annotated in entire genomes stored in GenBank, and are indeed very similar to cannabinoid-producing enzymes.

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