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Archive for May, 2012

May 30, 2012

ATP Synthase video

Filed under: Student posts @ 4:38 pm

Here is the link to the video I showed in class:

May 14, 2012

Dynein PDB Codes

Filed under: Student posts @ 11:45 am

Dynein is a motor protein complex involving many different proteins. Some PDB IDs for different sections of dynein are as follows: LC8/IC/TCTEX complex: 3FM7 IC/LC7 complex: 3L7H Heavy Chain(Legs): 3VKG

New Idea–Flubber!

Filed under: Student posts @ 10:04 am

While I was working on my project this weekend, I came up with a new idea! Instead of myosin and actin I am now looking at EMILIN-1. This protein is responsible for the formation of elastic fiber. This gave me the idea to create a toy similar to silly putty, flubber! I used to love […]

Specific Protein

Filed under: Student posts @ 9:56 am

I’ve narrowed my protein choice down to 1JNV. It’s an ATP Synthase protein from E. Coli.

May 9, 2012

Tinkering on the theme of a sandwich

Filed under: Student posts @ 10:41 am

In the CATH classification system, the “Mainly Beta” parent node (at the C level) has a child node known as “Sandwich” (at the A level) whose representative domain structures include over 18,000 known structures.  That’s a lot of sandwiches. Looking through the numerous topological children nodes of Sandwich (at the T level), I notice three […]

May 7, 2012


Filed under: Student posts @ 10:31 am

Why it is good to tinker (according to Francois Jacob) In 1977, Francois Jacob, fresh from his pioneering studies of gene transcription with Jacques Monod, delivered a stimulating lecture on the topic of Molecular and Evolutionary Tinkering at UC Berkeley (later published in Science magazine). Jacob pointed out how important it is in any type of design […]

May 6, 2012

My project idea!

Filed under: Student posts @ 8:09 pm

I was thinking of building a protein/proteins by folding paper into shapes like these This origami structure is made up of flowers glued together. The virus looks like it has flowers embedded too!

May 2, 2012

Protein Portraits are Pun!

Filed under: Student posts @ 11:30 am

I am going to make a series of 5 or so T-shirts with chemistry-cat style puns on them using common proteins that people who don’t know a ton about science will (hopefully) still get. I’ll include a simple line drawing of the structure on the shirt as well.  

May 1, 2012

Project Idea

Filed under: Student posts @ 12:10 pm

I love doing jigsaw puzzles so I decided that I would create a protein jigsaw puzzle. 

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