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December 3, 2019

Reeck presents in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Seminar

Submitted by Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics

Gerald Reeck, professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics at K-State, is the featured speaker for Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Seminar on Wednesday, Dec. 4. He will present " The Countdown: A Pot Pourri" at 4 p.m. in 120 Ackert Hall.

Presentation: As suggested by the title of the presentation, Reeck will touch on several aspects of his continuing work. First, Reeck will go over some aphid-feeding studies of two quite different types. Then, he'll present some LC/MS-MS data obtained with Takeo Iwamoto of JiKei Medical University on turmeric extracts and on curcuminoids, as "purified" from such extracts. The emphasis here will be to point out an inability to interpret biological activity of any "curcumin" sample that Reeck has yet seen. The issue is chemical heterogeneity in the samples that have been studied in labs all around the world. Then, Reeck hopes to indicate how these first two topics will coalesce. Finally, Reeck will discuss his attempts of the last few months to axiomatize the concept of life. Here, by "life" Reeck means any form of life anywhere in our universe.