Chemistry master’s theses are now available full-text online

With 131 chemistry theses available full-text online, the chemistry phase of the Master’s Thesis Project is now finished. The chemistry theses are searchable by content, using “Thesis Keyword,” under Advanced Keyword Search in Ignacio.” The image below is from Youling Zou’s 2005 thesis, Attempted identification and characterization of metallothionein in Dictyostelium discoideum, and depicts the life cycle of Dictyostelium discoideum, also known as “slime mold.”

Life cycle of Dictyostelium discoideum
Life cycle of Dictyostelium discoideum

Zou’s description of the diagram is as follows:

“The cells grow as single amoebae feeding on bacteria. When food is exhausted, the amoebae aggregate and the multicellular organism develops through distinct stages into stalk (blue) and spore (red) cells. Spore cells germinate in the presence of food and amoebae emerge again” (Zou 52).

For further reading, check out the Wikipedia article on Dictyostelium discoideum.

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