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Unformatted text preview: Also, try this: You’re a biochemist hired by NASA to study the results of a probe sent to Rhea, an earth sized planet several light years away. There is a large amount of excitement over Rhea as it contains several primitive life forms resembling plants that contain carbohydrates and proteins! It is currently hypothesized that these “plants” could provide a source of nutrients for any future manned missions to Rhea. The most recent “plant” data from the probe is listed below: Carbohydrates: Two disaccharides detected: α-L-glucopyranose linked to β-L-fructofuranose in an α 1-β 2 arrangement. β-L-galactopyranose linked to α-L-glucopyranose in an α 1-4 arrangement. Protein amino acid composition: D-glycine 7.5% D-alanine 7.2% D-serine 5.7% … More data in next transmission. Armed with this, you dash into your supervisors’ office!!! What have you learned from this latest dataset from the probe? Why is it important?...
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- Spring '08
- Biology, red blood cells, Sickle-cell disease, Rhea