A Trip Back to Science Class

From LifeVantage Science Newsletter No. 11

A Trip Back to Science Class

science classNot everyone is a scientist. In fact, many of us have only a basic understanding of the fundamentals and principles of biology, chemistry and other sciences.

Because science is a critical part of what we do at LifeVantage, it’s important to know a thing or two about how our products work.

As we discuss Protandim, TrueScience and Canine Health, we frequently use words and terms that are perhaps foreign or not well known. While it is not necessary to be an expert on the subject or to feel obligated to go into too much scientific detail, a rudimentary understanding of some key concepts can be helpful.

The following are definitions and explanations of some commonly used words associated with our products:

Molecule:

Small particles composed of two or more atoms from the same element or from two or more different elements. Molecules are electrically neutral and make up all living and nonliving things. Each molecule has its own unique shape that allows it to interact with other molecules.

DNA:

Molecules inside cells that carry genetic information and pass it from one generation to the next.

Protein:

A biochemical compound and chief actor within the cell, carrying out the duties specified by the encoded information in genes. Proteins are the machines that make all living things function. Within each of the body’s trillions of cells are thousands of proteins that work together to run the cell.

Enzyme:

Proteins that increase the rates of chemical reactions. They can be affected by other molecules and can be inhibitors or activators. Inhibitors are molecules that decrease enzyme activity; activators are molecules that increase activity.

DNA Sequence:

The composition of atoms that make up the nucleic acid in the chemical bonds that bond those atoms. The DNA sequence has the capacity to represent information that directs the functions of a living thing.

Gene:

Made of DNA, a molecular unit of heredity of a living organism. Genes act as instructions to make molecules called proteins. They hold the information to build and maintain an organism’s cells and pass genetic traits to offspring.

 

 

 

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