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At Blueprint, we believe in educating first. Our MCAT blog was created to reflect this value. Our articles are written by the same MCAT experts who write our MCAT books, MCAT practice exams, and our MCAT course materials. We also partner with guest contributors regularly, both professionals and industry experts, to make sure that you are getting information that is not only relevant, but accurate.

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Metabolism Workshop—August 2020

Do you wonder how the human body gets the energy needed to function? Looking for a scientific explanation as to why we're all packing on the pounds during quarantine? Ever want to discuss alcohol at great lengths with a biologist? If you answered yes to any of these questions, or you simply want to brush up on your phosphate pathways, our metabolism content session is for you! Watch Blueprint's...

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Metabolism – June 2020

Anabolism builds things up, catabolism breaks them down—don’t let the MCAT catabolize you! If that sentence didn’t make much sense (or even if it did), watch our free Metablosim session with Blueprint MCAT instructor Phil Hawkins! Phil takes students through the basics of metabolism and even goes over some practice problems similar to what you

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Easy Glycolysis Explanations

Ah glycolysis, the dread of every pre-medical student that is initially felt in their biochemistry class and once more while studying for the MCAT. Luckily, there are only a few things that you need to know about glycolysis when studying for the MCAT. We’re going over a few easy glycolysis explanations to better ingrain and understand these topics and eventually the first year of medical school.

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MCAT Master Class: Metabolism and Glycolysis – August 2019

You might already have a basic understanding of metabolism—at the very least, you should know it slows down as we age. However, to fully understand metabolism as it relates to the MCAT, we need to take a deeper look into Bioenergetics. What is glycolysis, gluconeogenesis, and the Pentose Phosphate Pathway? How does thermodynamics play into

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MCAT Super Review: Batteries and Bio May 2019

It's crazy to think that the same electrochemical cells present in AA batteries are in our bodies' nerve cells. These cells are responsible for a number of different functions to help our bodies thrive. More importantly, they're a topic that will come up on the MCAT!

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MCAT Master Class: Metabolism and Glycolysis

When studying biochem for the MCAT, there are three important things to focus on: Principles, Physiological Function, and Interconnections with other subject matters (i.e. amino acids and acid-base chemistry, carbohydrates and stereochemistry, and metabolism and physiology. Glycolysis is pretty sweet—pun definitely intended—and metabolism is just as important. This webinar delved into these two topics and

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MCAT Biology Question — Caffeine Metabolism

A student studying caffeine metabolism learns that one of caffeine’s metabolites in the body is theophylline, which has the effect of relaxing smooth muscles of the bronchi. The student concludes that caffeine could be used to effectively treat asthma. Which of the following is true?   A) The student’s conclusion is correct. B) The student’s

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