Created by Alli Sarfati, UNC-BEST
So much time in biology class is spent focusing on molecules that are thousands of times smaller than the period at the end of this sentence and have scary names like deoxyribonucleic acid or endoplasmic reticulum. It only makes sense to ask yourself every once in a while “why would I ever need to know these things?!”
There are a lot of ways to answer this question. Even if you don't think you want to have a career in science in the future, studying science can help you to think in ways that inspire you to ask questions and search for answers. It’s important to study biology to understand how our own bodies work and how we can improve modern medicine. Beyond our own lives, it’s important to study the lives of other organisms, from microscopic bacteria that might be in our food to massive animals that you don’t see every day like the giant squid. We share this planet with trillions of other living things and understanding life from the microscopic level up is important to help us to be informed citizens who know how to ask questions about all forms of life.
This module takes you through a real life example of a lab at the University of North Carolina that studies tiny molecules in marine invertebrates like the squid and octopus in order to understand more about the diversity of life.