Baking with proteins, mRNA and DNA

Today marks the start of MND Awareness month 2014 and our MND Research ‘blog a day’. Before we post our first guest blog we thought we’d set the scene by reminding you about genes and proteins.

As our fundraising campaign ‘Bake it!’ is back for 2014, we thought we’d re-blog our ‘baking with proteins, mRNA and DNA’ in order to help bake MND history!

Thank you for reading our ‘blog a day’ this Awareness Month. We would gratefully appreciate your thoughts and feedback via this short 2 minute survey.

MND Research Blog

Each and every one of us is made up of thousands of different ingredients, which all combine together to create something amazing; life. Perhaps the most important of these are proteins.

Each protein in the body has its own special job to do. From making our muscles contract to controlling blood sugar, proteins are an essential ingredient in life.

In MND research we have identified a number of MND causing genes. These are genes that are found to be mutated in some people living with MND, which somehow causes the motor neurones to die. But, how does this happen? How does a gene form a protein? This blog post explains how an MND causing gene becomes a protein.

As simple as baking a cake

Here at the MND Association we love our cake. So, I thought what better way is there to describe how we make proteins?

cheesecake cheesecake

Every cell…

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