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Archive for April, 2014

April 29, 2014

Chosen Idea for Project

After much thought, I decided to choose cannabinoid receptor-1 (CR1). I was inspired by a nature artist named Andy Goldsworthy, who I believe many of you may know. He created many nature pieces, often dealing with rocks, leaves, and branches. With CR1, I felt it may be suitable to use nature products, such as leaves. As […]

Molecule ideas

Filed under: Student posts @ 9:46 am

Being a psychology major, I am interesting in proteins that affect human thought and behavior. Some common “psychological molecules” that I hear about in my psychology course are cortisol, adrenaline, oxytocin, estrogen and testosterone. This morning I have been looking a lot at dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that play a part in many psychological […]


Filed under: Student posts @ 9:37 am

I hope this works now..

April 28, 2014

Protein idea

Filed under: Student posts @ 9:06 am

Hello everyone! I have been looking through the protein data bank and I’m interested in a few, but I think Myosin is particularly interesting as it is critical for any movement that you make! It was the Molecule of the Month June of 2001. What do you guys think??

April 27, 2014

Protein Ideas

Filed under: Student posts @ 11:04 pm

Hello! Currently I’m looking at antifreeze proteins, also known as ice structuring proteins, which permit the survival of certain organisms, namely fish, plants, insects, and microorganisms, in subzero environments. I’m very interested in extremophiles and their abilities to survive in environments once thought to be uninhabitable, so I’ll be looking more into the AFPs at […]

Protein Idea

Filed under: Student posts @ 10:36 pm

I choose RecA. In MB 310, I learned about RecA and its role in DNA repair. It’s also listed as the molecule of the month (April 2014) on RCSB PDB.

April 23, 2014

Protein ideas!

Filed under: Student posts @ 1:38 pm

Hello! I have a few ideas in mind…but I’m not certain which protein I should choose. There are two proteins that are actually in David Goodsell’s “Molecule of the Month”! One is prolactin (April 2004), a growth hormone present in children and adults. In female adults, the hormone is secreted to stimulate the mammary glands […]

Protein Idea

Filed under: Student posts @ 6:59 am

Hi All – After some research, the protein that I seem to be gravitating towards is Ricin. I find it interesting how lethal this protein is and think it would be fun to find a creative way to depict how powerful and destructive it can be. Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks.

April 22, 2014

Protein Thoughts

Filed under: Student posts @ 11:56 pm

I’ve been really interested in the operation of the immune system for a while now, I was thinking about creating some sort of representation of one of the Major Histocompatability Complex (MHC) proteins on macrophages in the body.

Protein Idea

Filed under: Student posts @ 9:35 pm

Hey guys, I thought I’d do a protein in the form of a prion. Prions are something that I’ve always been curious about. Still narrowing down which one I want to do. Thoughts?

Hope this works….

Filed under: Student posts @ 9:14 pm

I’ve been thinking about what protein I want to represent, and I knew I wanted to do something that either repaired damage in the skin or was a major component in the skin. I want to go into dermatology one day, so that’s where this interest comes from 🙂 I happened to see that collagen […]

It works!

Filed under: Student posts @ 4:22 pm

Just testing 🙂

April 21, 2014

Hello Everyone

Filed under: Student posts @ 11:02 pm

I’m glad to see the blog up and running again! Ever since biochem I have a fascination with 7TM receptor proteins. The rhodopsin protein is especially intriguing to me, so I am heavily leaning towards using it as my protein subject.

Filed under: Student posts @ 1:00 am

Hey! Hopefully this works!

April 18, 2014

“Transporter” by Rebecca Kamen

Filed under: Student posts @ 10:50 am

Hi again, I couldn’t resist… here’s another beautiful 3D portrait by Rebbeca Kamen: I appreciate very much an artist who is inspired by science! On Monday, please remind me to tell you a beautiful story about Bonnie Hall (1931–2004) who was similarly inspired by science and produced many beautiful and everlasting silk screens right here […]

Looking forward to next week and having our blog working properly

Filed under: Student posts @ 10:38 am

Hi students, I have alerted the experts to our problem and hope to get our technology problem figured out by Monday.  And so, if over the weekend you happen to receive a request to join the blog, please, if you have time, make the attempt.  And if you can, please try to submit a post […]

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