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Archive for April, 2012

April 29, 2012

My Protein Portraits Idea

Filed under: Student posts @ 12:45 pm

 I loved DIY projects when I was a kid. In particular, there were these books which showed you how to make little critters from pipe cleaners, beads, etc. My idea is to make a similar book, but with instructions of how to make a protein out of pipe cleaners.   Similar to this, but with a […]

April 27, 2012


Filed under: Student posts @ 9:09 pm

I was excited to find the protein luciferase, which produces light and is found in fireflies.  The colors can change depending on the amino acid attached to the protein.  This fits well with my idea for lights and colors.

Potential Protein Project

Filed under: Student posts @ 6:43 pm

I finally have an idea! So one of the proteins I’ve been looking at on the Molecule of the Month site is the tobacco mosaic virus. It was the first virus to be discovered, and it is the cause of disease in tobacco plants. I think it has a really interesting structure. It is composed […]

April 25, 2012

Myosin and actin

Filed under: Student posts @ 10:04 am

Since I was thinking about creating an active/outdoor toy, I thought it would be cool to choose a protein that is related to exercise and physical activity.  Myosin and actin, and their role in muscle contraction, came to mind. If you go to the link below and play around with the 3D structure, it kind […]

April 22, 2012


Filed under: Student posts @ 4:58 pm

BMAL2 is a circadian clock protein found in humans, dimerizing with CLOCK. It helps modulate many hormonal feedback mechanisms, and is an essential part of functional sleep/wake cycles and endogenous rhythms. I think it would be fun to either make a floating pool toy or some sort of pop-up educational book. 

project idea

Filed under: Student posts @ 2:19 am

I think it would be cool to model ATP synthase as a carousel toy like this one. If you twist the top “motor” it causes the bottom “motor” to spin and produce ATP.

April 18, 2012

My protein portrait idea:

Filed under: Student posts @ 11:31 am

Dynein is a motor protein that can walk across microtubules, transporting cargo across the cell. My portrait idea is to create a puppet of dynein that can walk.

April 17, 2012

Fun Protein Idea

Filed under: Student posts @ 10:18 pm

So I found a really interesting group of proteins on the molecule of the month website, called the circadian clock proteins.  These proteins create our 24-hour internal cycle that involves when we get hungry, tired, etc. Thanks to the circadian clock proteins, our internal clock knows when the days get shorter and longer, when the […]

Favorite Toy

Filed under: Student posts @ 1:57 pm

Hi everyone, Below is the link for the “Juego de la Liga”. You can just watch the first 2 min of the video 🙂  

April 16, 2012

Filed under: Student posts @ 6:59 pm

This was my favorite childhood toy… Barbie’s very own, luxurious camper van! Shockingly, all the furniture, sleeping bags, extra outfits etc. fit into it when folded. I think making a protein-themed toy with some of the same features would be really cool.

Topology in 2D and 3D — The Rossmann fold

Filed under: Student posts @ 10:57 am


Favorite Toy

Filed under: Student posts @ 9:05 am

Growing up, my favorite toys were any I could bring in the pool and bathtub, especially the floating islands!

April 15, 2012

Favorite Toy

Filed under: Student posts @ 10:40 pm

My favorite toy was lite-brite!

Favorite Toy

Filed under: Student posts @ 12:49 pm

My favorite toy growing up was Silly Putty.

April 14, 2012

My favorite toy

Filed under: Student posts @ 5:00 pm

My favorite toy was my stuffed dog, Lucky.

April 13, 2012

My Favorite Toy

Filed under: Student posts @ 10:31 am

Like Madison, my favorite toys were my beanie babies!

April 12, 2012

My Favorite Toy

Filed under: Student posts @ 8:19 am

When I was little, I loved the original Polly Pockets.

April 11, 2012

My Favorite Toy

Filed under: Student posts @ 7:11 pm

My favorite toys when I was little were my Barbie dolls.

Favorite Toy

Filed under: Student posts @ 3:44 pm

When I was little my favorite toys were stuffed animals. I collected Beanie Babies.

Examples of protein domains classified by CATH

Filed under: Student posts @ 10:41 am

Some of the architectures new to CATH since 1997:   From: Nucleic Acids Res. 2009 January; 37(Database issue): D310–D314. “CATH (class, architecture, topology, homology) is a hierarchical protein domain classification (1) where domains are classified manually by curators, guided by prediction algorithms (such as structure comparison). Each protein structure is decomposed into one or more chains […]

Favorite childhood toy

Filed under: Student posts @ 6:50 am

I enjoyed playing with play-doh as a child.

April 5, 2012

My favorite childhood toy

Filed under: Student posts @ 1:29 pm

As a child I used to enjoy playing with legos.

April 2, 2012

The unlabeled set of amino acid side-chains

Filed under: Student posts @ 5:39 pm

This set of the twenty amino acid side-chains doesn’t have the names listed.  You can quiz yourself to help you learn the names and predict the chemical properties of these different structures.  Example:  Which are the hydrophilic side-chains?  Which of these might tend to mover away from water and gather together in the same way […]

The twenty amino acids

Filed under: Student posts @ 10:46 am

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