Principles Module 3
What Time Is It on Your Circadian Clock?
- Discuss the kinds of molecules that carry biological information, and how information is encoded in them
- Describe the way information is stored and transmitted in biological systems
- Provide examples of cellular responses to environmental conditions
- Understand the premises and goals of systems biology
- all organisms are constantly taking in cues from their environment and responding to it
- biological information is stored in nucleic acids (DNA, RNA) and is used to encode proteins
- the natural or cellular environment induces changes to gene expression via transcription and translation
- signal transduction chains link inputs to outputs
- Read the article linked aboved about circadian clocks and discuss 1) why it is an example of biological information flow and 2) how it represents a ‘systems biology’ approach to studying circadian rhythm. How could it be possible to take a single blood sample, as stated by Dr. Ueda, and determine a person’s internal time?