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Archive for May, 2011

May 31, 2011

Yay! Final Display :)

Filed under: Student posts @ 4:48 pm

Final Sculpture

Filed under: Student posts @ 10:27 am

Finally finished. ūüôā

May 30, 2011


Filed under: Student posts @ 4:58 pm

Hi Connie, when are you going to set up tomorrow so I know when to bring the easel?  I have a meeting at 9.  But 10 and after I should be good to go.

Ribosome Blurb

Filed under: Student posts @ 1:28 pm

Sorry, I totally forgot about making this blurb until today. Author: Elvis Nguyen Blurb: Where would we be without ribosomes? Ribosomes are biological structures in the cells consisting of 2 subunits and made up of lots of RNA and dozens of proteins. It reads incoming mRNA transcriptions and translates them into beautiful polypeptide chains. No […]

May 29, 2011

Integrase Label (Ah! Sorry I’m late!)

Filed under: Student posts @ 6:06 pm

Protein: Integrase Protein Data Bank ID #: 1K6Y. Artist: Erica Puopolo The HIV/AIDS pandemic has had a large impact on our world in the past thirty years, it is estimated that there are upwards of 35 million people living with HIV/AIDS and over 25 million have died AIDS related deaths. When the virus enters the […]


Filed under: Student posts @ 5:25 pm

It has feet!

May 28, 2011

Really great posts

Filed under: Student posts @ 10:25 pm

Rather than comment on each separate label, here’s a hip hip hooray for all of you who have posted your label so far! ¬†Very very nice!

Sculpture Caption Card

Filed under: Student posts @ 3:27 pm

Newcastle Disease Virus F-Protein in the Post-Fusion Conformation PDB ID#: 3MAW Exotic Newcastle virus (ENV) is a lethal and contagious antisense ssRNA viral disease of all birds, and an international threat to the agricultural poultry industry. Since this virus is only known to infect birds the bones are based on a chicken (Gallus gallus) skeleton, […]

May 27, 2011

Blurb (in Villanelle form!)

Filed under: Student posts @ 8:00 pm

Protein: p53 Tumor Suppressor PDB ID: 1TUP Artist: Connie Shen Protections a special protein provide, Protein Fifty-Three is cancer’s bane. A guardian angel with her wings spread wide. On your DNA, p53 sits astride, And monitors your DNA for damages’ stain. Protections a special protein provide. p53 prevents unhealthy cells to divide. DNA breaks found, […]


Filed under: Student posts @ 5:10 pm

Protein: Prion and prion protein PDB ID#: 1dwy and 1tpx Is Betsy feeling a bit mooooody?¬† Perhaps she’s come down with a case of mad cow disease!¬† Also known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, mad cow disease is a fatal neurodegenerative disease of cattle.¬† Infected cattle show behavioral changes, have difficulty standing and walking, and will […]

In need of ideas

Filed under: Student posts @ 4:45 pm

Hi everybody, I’m finishing up my protein model, and need an idea for hanging it.¬† I’ve heard coat hanger, diorama box…has anyone else had a similar issue and solved it? Thanks!


Filed under: Student posts @ 12:33 pm

Protein: Immunoglobulin Gamma (IgG) PDB ID: 1IGT Artist: Anna Vigeland The caduceus, depicting two serpents intertwined around a winged staff, has become familiar as¬†a symbol of medicine and the doctors who practice it.¬† In our bodies, the agents that bring about recovery from illness by fighting infectious diseases are antibodies, immunoglobulin proteins, which bind to […]

May 26, 2011


Filed under: Student posts @ 7:53 pm

Protein: Ranasmurfin Protein Data Bank ID #: 2VH3 Artist: Paulina Nguyen Ribbet Ribbet Ribbet‚Ķthe distant sound of frogs completely at home in their rainforest we hear all the time. However, such a setting could also be home to the tiny blue creatures known as the Smurfs. When mating, the female excretes a protein-rich fluid that […]

Blurb- Now with 30% more limerick!

Filed under: Student posts @ 1:19 pm

Enzyme: őĪ-amylase (alpha amylase) Artist: Alexander Carsh These enzymes, whose special domains Consist of potatoes and grains, Start breaking down starch Into component parts, To fuel people’s bodies and brains.


Filed under: Student posts @ 12:31 pm

Protein: Spider Capture Silk PDB ID: 3LRD Artist: Kayla Bell Picture a web spun between two leaves.¬† It was made with spider capture silk, a thin, flexible protein capable of remaining strong even under intense temperature, pressure, movement, and weight.¬† With these properties,¬†it has the potential to become the next Kevlar or steel.¬† But don’t […]

May 25, 2011

Label. Too Long?

Filed under: Student posts @ 5:43 pm

Protein: One-Humped Camel Derived GFP-Nanobody Protein Data Bank ID #: 3G9A Artist: Casey Kernan Who knew that camels, dromedaries and llamas held the key (a very small one) to unlocking a number of scientific mysteries and medical advancements? In 1993, nanobodies, nearly a tenth the size of conventional antibodies were found circulating in the blood […]

May 24, 2011

And we have smurfs…

Filed under: Student posts @ 7:10 pm
May 21, 2011

Structure complete!

Filed under: Student posts @ 9:13 pm

I just finished molding all the pipe cleaners into the shape of amylase. All it needs now is a few more fishing-line bonds and some decorations, and it should be ready for showtime. Provided it doesn’t tangle up again. Hopefully, I should be able to pictures up by the time I write the blurb about […]

May 20, 2011

Example project label

Filed under: Student posts @ 5:40 pm

Here’s an example label for a Protein Portrait of hemoglobin, a molecule that definitely is on my all-time favorites list. Protein: ¬†Hemoglobin Artist: ¬†Phil McFadden Take a breath… where did it go? ¬†Hemoglobin, the vividly red oxygen-carrying protein of our blood, has carried it away to your heart and beyond. ¬†Here I portray hemoglobin in […]

May 17, 2011

At thesis fair

Filed under: Student posts @ 11:55 pm

Hi guys, I’m sure you are all aware that the thesis fair is today from 11:30 to 1:30.¬† Since we need to set up around 11, I won’t be coming to class ūüôĀ¬† Wish me luck!¬† Nicole C


Filed under: Student posts @ 10:50 pm

Hello, I’m not going to be in class on Wednesday since I will be presenting my research poster at the thesis fair.¬† Sorry to miss out on the presentations! I haven’t been able to find a complete Immunoglobulin Gamma structure on the PDB, but I did find a cool¬†ID for the pentameric form of Immunoglobulin […]

Spread the word!

Filed under: Student posts @ 12:21 pm

Mark your calendar ‚Äď BB399H Protein Portraits Art Competition Students enrolled in BB399H will display their Protein Portraits artwork from Tuesday through Friday of Week 10 in SLUG 2, STAG 032 (May 31 – June 3). Please come see these works of molecular art+science and fill out a ballot to vote for your favorite(s). ¬†The […]

May 16, 2011

Progress report…..

Filed under: Student posts @ 8:17 pm

Not feeling too good…

Filed under: Student posts @ 9:14 am

Hi all, My cold has gotten pretty bad, so I think it might be better for me to stay home for the morning. I’m sorry for missing out on people’s presentations, I’ll be excited to see more about them towards the show. Thanks, Nicole

May 14, 2011


Filed under: Student posts @ 10:45 am

Hi Everyone! So I’ve made a good start on the project finally…I found this cool ribbon that has wire in the edges, and curled it with the end of my hairbrush to make alpha helices. This picture only shows half of them because I ran out of ribbon, but my plan is to join them […]

May 11, 2011


Filed under: Student posts @ 11:04 am

Hi Everyone, I wasn’t in class today because of an important appointment I had made earlier that I couldn’t reschedule…and I realized that that means I missed Linus Pauling ūüôĀ See you all next week.

May 8, 2011

Sculpture Update

Filed under: Student posts @ 9:58 pm

Protein: 3MAW Structure of the Newcastle disease virus F protein in the post-fusion conformation. Alright, well my Firefox crashed once while doing this. We’ll see if it handles the Flash Uploader this time. I took some time between studying this weekend to work on my sculpture. Instead of trying to explain what I am doing […]

Protein Database Number (and media gripes)

Filed under: Student posts @ 5:58 pm

It just occurred to me that I haven’t posted my database number. ¬†It’s 1TUP (I’m fairly positive). Haha, how professional does the end result have to be? ¬†Because currently, I’m sure a third grader can watercolor better than me. ¬†And it turns out that my¬†acrylic¬†paint is more transparent that I thought it was. Oh well, […]

May 3, 2011

Setting the stage for the GFP nanobody!

Filed under: Student posts @ 7:56 pm

Placed the black light in the computer screen – need to figure out how to hide it better, not sure how i am going to hang my nanobody from the roof of the hallow screen either. ¬†I may spray paint the inside of the computer screen black so the blacklight appears brighter. Haha notice the […]

May 2, 2011

DNA Strands

Filed under: Student posts @ 8:52 am

I worked on my project a bit this weekend and I don’t want to give it away too much. But here are the DNA strands that will be going in my globe, i really can’t tell you what they’re made of… I asked my dad if he had anything I could make an alpha helix […]

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