Lightweight Biochemical Models

    Nothing Mechanical or Altaic about this end of the website, thus the departure from Verdana-on-cantaloupe. And, I hope, nothing that is too ponderously a computer model. I associate ardent computer modeling, and also the writing of review articles, with Soviet scientists who couldn't get research funding. (I associate bioethics, and also the history of science, with American scientists who can't get research funding.) I myself do not have research funding, and don't believe anyone should get any based on the ideas fielded herein. Not yet, anyway. They're not far-fetched, you can even test some of 'em, and the frontiers of biochemistry have to be somewhere. When I was in school, molecular biology was taking off, but it seemed just a dark forcing-house full of placid mushrooms, gathered beneath the dim glow of some monumentally unreadable rectangle. (Slide shows in those days were miserable affairs - of the many researchers who remember "Tagacata Squint," 0% remember it fondly.) Genome Projects, Human and non-, were like learning about cities by reading their phone books cover to cover, but as dull as they were, their popularity went from big to immense: here was biochemical work you could automate.

So here's stuff you can't automate, and I hope you enjoy it. And remember: a computer model doesn't explain a natural phenomenon, it shows you how you're thinking about a natural phenomenon. It's fun, not real, and by the way it gives you the answer you built it to give. Cuidado!