December 2010 Entries

What's in a Name?

The cytrochrome p450 enzymes are critical to life. But what a strange name! What does it mean? The “p” in the refers to “pigment” and 450 refers to the specific wavelength of light used to spectroscopically identify these coloured (chrome) molecules that are found inside cells (cyto). A spectroscopic study involves exposing a sample to various wavelengths of light and determining which wavelengths are absorbed, a common laboratory identification technique.[To read more click on Title.]