In 1939 Linus Pauling published one of the most important textbooks in the field of chemistry, "The Nature of the Chemical Bond". The work represented in the textbook led to Pauling's reception of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1954. While I have no delusions that this blog will, at some future date, win me the Nobel Prize, I do hope to share interesting ideas, cool chemistry, and my molecular musings in The Nature of the Chemical Blog.
Writing With Amino Acids
Most of the letters in the alphabet have been used in the standard abbreviations for the 20 proteinogenic amino acids. If you add in a few other amino acids and some uncertainties all of the letters are accounted for. This means you can code words into peptides. I'll show a few examples below:
Each amino acid starts with the nitrogen so in this image you can see there are four amino acids (serine, threonine, alanine, and tyrosine) one for each letter in "Stay."
Notice the R in the diagram (just above the last NH) comes from "B" which indicates either asparagine or aspartic acid. The R indicates where asparagine and aspartic acid are different.