Molecular Biology is vitally important for Modern Biology, but can sometimes seem foreign or complicated to new students and the lay person. At the heart of this study of the inner workings of the cell is the transfer of information from DNA to RNA and finally into Protein, which is responsible for a lion's share of activity in the cell.
I have previously tried to explain the importance of, and relationship between, these three molecules by using an analogy of sheet music being read by a musician and instrument to produce sound. While it is a good analogy, I think I have developed an even better one, that of a recipe being used by a chef to prepare a meal. In lieu of writing out a detailed explanation of this analogy (which I may eventually do), I have posted a short video as the first part of my new video series, Life Science in 6 Minutes.
As it turns out, I was not the first to use the recipe and cooking analogy in molecular biology. At least one other video, courtsey of Bozeman Science, used this analogy. One of my former colleagues also employed this analogy, quiet well in fact, at her blog It's Like Biology. In the remainder of this article, I share ways in which I have expanded upon this analogy, as well as how others have explained the Central Dogma.
Feel free to share your comments both here or on my youtube page. What is your favorite way to explain concepts in molecular biology, microbiology, and synthetic biology?