EDUCATION: Structural Biology Starter Kit

Science  22 Apr 2005:
Vol. 308, Issue 5721, pp. 475
DOI: 10.1126/science.308.5721.475a

So-called BLAST searches and fancy 3D molecular graphics may be a snap for veterans, but beginners often need help with the programs. Students and teachers can beef up their structural biology skills at The Molecular Level, a primer from chemist Gale Rhodes of the University of Southern Maine, Portland. Users can bone up on protein structure while learning to use the molecular modeling software DeepView. Another tutorial introduces 10 bioinformatics staples, including the sequence searcher BLAST and the protein analysis tool kit ExPASy. The site offers practice problems, and for the forgetful, there's an organic chemistry refresher.

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