Due Mar. 30th: Protein Perspectives Project

PDB_1m8n_EBIThere are a lot of proteins out there in the biological world. We’ve barely scratched the surface, so this mid-semester project will take you a little deeper into the nature of proteins.

Pick a protein that interests you and work through the following…


  • Find an image of this protein’s function.
  • How large is this protein? What kind of shape does it have?
  • What are the different levels of protein structure like?

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In Class Feb. 29th: the Wasabi Receptor

Recently, scientists figured out the structure of TRPA1, the so-called wasabi receptor, a protein that allows us to taste certain foods as spicy hot.

By using whatever resources you’d like, work on answering the following questions with your peers… Continue reading