First reading assignment (supports lectures 1 and 2). Updated 1/17/05 Chapter 1. Please read all of Chapter 1. You won’t be responsible for the central sections on prokaryotic cells and the proposed evolutionary origins of organelles and cells, but you’re welcome to read them if you like. Pay special attention to characterization of the different types of microscopes—what distinguishes a light microscope from an electron microscope? When would each be used, and for what kinds applications (see p. 6-11)? Focus on the dimensions that each might be used for, whether the cells are alive or dead, and the path of the beam in the instrument. Look closely at Figures 1.6 and 1.8, and look at the questions labeled 1-5 through 1-7 (the answers are in the back of the book). Chapter 2. Read the last few pages, from 58-64, that focus on macromolecules in cells. Be sure to look closely at the “how do we know” section on macromolecular characterization (by centrifugation). Be sure to answer question 2-10. Note that even though we skip much of this
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