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  • Bacterial Quorum Sensing

    Bacterial Quorum Sensing

    Click & Learn

    Understand how quorum sensing works by reasoning through experiments involving genetically-engineered bioluminescent bacteria.

  • The LUX operon controls light production

    The LUX operon controls light production

    Animation

    (2 min 25 sec) A single transcription factor controls this operon, which contains five genes necessary to produce bioluminescence.

  • The molecular cascade in bacterial quorum sensing

    The molecular cascade in bacterial quorum sensing

    Animation

    (3 min 20 sec) Quorum sensing regulates gene expression by a protein phosphorylation cascade that controls transcription.

  • Cytoplasmic Factors

    Cytoplasmic Factors

    Animation

    (57 sec) Cytoplasmic factors play a significant part in determining how a cell develops. This segment discusses their importance in turning the appropriate genes on and off for proper development.

  • Balancing the Fat Equation

    Balancing the Fat Equation

    Lecture

    (58 min 20 sec) Dr. Evans reviews how PPARs regulate body weight by controlling whether fat is burned or stored.

  • PPAR-gamma Activation in the Fat Cell

    PPAR-gamma Activation in the Fat Cell

    Animation

    (2 min 49 sec) The PPAR-gamma receptor activates certain genes in a fat cell, resulting in the storage of fat and changes in hormone levels.

  • Hermaphrodites: The Safer Sex

    Hermaphrodites: The Safer Sex

    Lecture

    (56 min 32 sec) Dr. Barbara Meyer explains the value of studying model organisms and introduces the nematode C. elegans.

  • The Meaning of Sex: Genes and Gender

    The Meaning of Sex: Genes and Gender

    Lecture

    Four talks focus on sex determination—the molecular and genetic mechanisms that determine whether an organism will be male, female or a hermaphrodite.

  • Regulation of Sex Determination in C. elegans

    Regulation of Sex Determination in C. elegans

    Clip

    (6 min 4 sec) A demonstration by Dr. Meyer showing how a balance of molecular elements trigger genetic pathways that determine the sex of a C. elegans worm.

  • Clockwork Genes: Discoveries in Biological Time

    Clockwork Genes: Discoveries in Biological Time

    Lecture

    Four lectures highlight the research of two scientists who have made groundbreaking discoveries elucidating the molecular basis of circadian clocks—the internal timekeepers that govern fluctuations in behavior and physiology on a 24-hour cycle.

  • The Drosophila Molecular Clock Model

    The Drosophila Molecular Clock Model

    Animation

    (7 min 35 sec) Watch these animations display the dynamic orchestration of the molecular events of the Drosophila biological clock.