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The Wagner Free Institute of Science presents Stimulating Molecules: The Biochemistry of Euphoria

Wed, January 30, 2019 6:15 P.M.
Independence Library

Every day, many of us mess with our brains. We drink coffee to wake up, we smoke cigarettes as a break, we eat spicy food to please our palates, and we have a drink to unwind at the end of the day. This course will be  biochemist Professor  Joseph B. Rucker’s  view of how these common substances affect the human nervous system. Each week will focus on a substance, where it comes from, and how it acts at the molecular and cellular level. No pre-registration required. Please register by filling out a registration form at the class.

Today's class presents Stimulating Molecules: Capsaicin: Some Like It Hot! A brief history of chile peppers; capsaicin and the capsaicin receptor; how we feel heat and pain; capsaicin in the natural world.

 

 

 

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Philadelphia, PA 19106
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