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Students explore the shape and chemical properties of the 20 amino acid sidechains with engaging foam models. The sidechains feature dual colouring schemes - colour on one side indicates chemical properties and on the other side students colour-code atoms. Since understanding protein structure begins with this unique combination of shape and chemical properties of the amino acid sidechains, students will gain a basic knowledge of the laws that determine protein folding.
The kit includes all necessary components, as well as a CD of images and documents that provide instructions, background teacher notes and student hand-outs. A copy of the "Jmol" program and a number of Jmol files* with questions that build on the original learning are also included to provide an extra interactive experience.
* Jmol is an open source Java applet that runs in your browser for viewing 3-D molecular structures. For more information, visit jmol.sourceforge.net