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Unformatted text preview: how the chemical structure of a molecule is related to the function it performs in the cell/organism. For example, a molecule that is a structural molecule maintaining the 3-D shape of the cell should be strong, with some flexibility, and insoluble in the aqueous environment of the cell. The properties of this molecule should be analogous to the properties expected of a steel beam that holds up a building. A molecule that needs to move quickly through the bloodstream of an individual would have very different properties. It would, ideally, be small and globular (round) in shape, and would be polar so that it would interact well with the aqueous environment of the cell....
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- Fall '06