General Knowledge

The Molecular Building Blocks of Life

Living things are made from a dazzlingly complex arrangement of different molecules. Surprisingly, this vast diversity is achieved by a handful of fairly simple organic molecules. While many of these molecular building blocks are familiar, their biological roles are often misunderstood. In this course, we will define terms like amino acid, carbohydrate, and DNA and explain how they form the basis for all life on earth.

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Hi! I’m Dr. Bill Thomas: molecular biologist, researcher, and all-around science geek. As a science educator, my goal is to provide students with the tools they need to appreciate the exciting world of scientific discovery and innovation unfolding all around us.