December 2011

Biochem and molecular biology blogs in brief

This blog review is the second in an occassional online series.


H.D. Urquiza Hernandez has taught biochemistry at medical schools in the Caribbean, South America and Africa, and he has worked at an immunoassay research center in Havana and a diagnostic company in Brazil. Today he is an adjuct faculty member at Miami Dade College in Florida. He also cultivates a biochemistry blog in Spanish found here.

Blogging, or Web logging, as it was originally called, is now entwined with most media consumers’ lives along with Twitter feeds and Facebook posts. And while those who work and study in the field of bioscience have a multitude of reading options, it’s sometimes hard to know where to begin. There is an ocean of interesting reading out there, and this column is intended to help readers who aren’t all that Web savvy yet wade through it and pick out the gems. I will try to provide brief overviews of a handful of blogs that for the most part target readers engaged in biochemistry and molecular biology.

In my quest for biochemistry posts, I stumbled upon a subjective lesson bank called The Biochemistry Questions Site cultivated by H.D. Urquiza Hernandez, an adjuct professor at Miami Dade College in Florida.

Hernandez says his audience consists mainly of medical graduate students, but his site seems useful to anyone who wishes to learn basic biochemistry. Just as its name implies, this is a Q&A site, and it is loaded with visual-aided lectures.

The author shows his lighter side when he challenges the reader with crossword puzzles on amino acids and posts quotes and jokes on nucleic acids.

What appealed to me most was his cinematic twist to this scientific discipline in the Moviecular Biology and Biochemistry at the Movies sections of the blog, which feature such magnum opuses as “Extraordinary Measures,” “The Madness of King George,” “Phantom of the Opera,” ”Lorenzo’s Oil” and “A Beautiful Mind.”

In case you missed it, here’s my review in the November issue of Bora Zivkovic’s A Blog Around the Clock.

blog_AditiAditi Das ( is a science writer and research scientist based in Washington, D.C.

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