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The Phospholipid Bilayer

April 26, 2018
By dy/dx GOLD, Edina, Minnesota
dy/dx GOLD, Edina, Minnesota
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Favorite Quote:
"So what’s calculus? In a sentence: If it moves at a varying speed, if it has a curvy shape, if it has a maximum that you’d like to find, or if it involves adding up an infinite number of terms, then you’re probably looking at calculus." - Stanley F. Schmidt, Ph. D.

The phospholipid membrane
has a rhythm to it;
integral proteins interrupt,
but vesicles slide through it.

It's fluid, wavy, effortless;
Ziploc can't compare
to technology in biology.
Machines don't craft with care.

Its oscillating phosphorus
and swaying lipid tails
put on a micro-spectacle
for those minds that flail.

The beat of homeostasis,
kept constant by diffusion,
depends upon the bilayer,
which is a clear illusion.

The author's comments:

I wrote this poem to read to my biology class for "Poem in your Pocket" Day.

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