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Foldit. Competitive wrestling meets molecular biology in Foldit, an online game that lets you tussle with the stuff of life, folding strings of amino acids into their correct protein structures.
After teaching how different amino acids constrain folding, the game presents players with strings of amino acids. The goal is to stabilize a protein's active site by hydrogen-bonding strands and reducing its total volume--but not by too much, because bringing like-charged amino acids together results in a bristle of red alarms. The quicker you get the correct fold, the higher your score. This is a puzzle that makes Sudoku look like tic-tac-toe.

Cell Biology Movies Titles include: ATP Synthase Gradients, Electron Transport Chain, Lac Operon, Mitocondrial Protein Transport, mRNA Processing, mRNA Splicing, Transcription, and Translation.
Chromosome 11 Tour This is a "flyover" of the tip of the short arm of human chromosome 11 covers about 650,000 nucleotides. Genes, introns, exons, and transposons are all color coded. A great overview that brings visual substance to DNA science.
Methods for Genomics
Stem Cell Basics How does therapeutic cloning differ from reproductive cloning? What distinguishes the stem cells in umbilical cord blood from embryonic stem cells? Students tussling with such questions can find help at a new primer from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The site's centerpiece is a six-part multimedia tutorial that explores topics including the different types of stem cells and their potential applications in drug testing. Visitors will learn, for example, that blood-forming stem cells in the umbilical cord have begun to specialize, so they can't produce the same assortment of tissues as embryonic stem cells can.
Virtual Fruit Fly Lab This online Drosophila lab allows students to run virtual experiments and test hypotheses about the inheritance of fly traits. The site allows users to pair up e-flies that vary in characteristics such as wing shape, eye color, and type of bristles on the thorax. After incubating and sorting the offspring, students statistically analyze the results of the crosses.
Inside Cancer is a multimedia cancer primer. The narrated animations make learning fun and easy.
Genome Science graphics contains public domain graphics for creating class materials for molecular science.
Human Genome Geography is a set of graphics depicting the sequence and rough locations of genes. Each chromosome is done on one page. Similar to a map with the names of the cities.
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  Cells Alive!
  DNA Movies
  The Virtual Cell Page
  Electrophoresis Animation A charming animation that takes students step by step through the process of running gel electrophoresis.
  Gel Electrophoresis A slide show explaining this process which uses electricity to separate DNA fragments by size as they migrate through a gel matrix.
  DNA Restriction Technology A slide show that explains The discovery of enzymes that could cut and paste DNA made genetic engineering possible. Restriction enzymes, found naturally in bacteria, can be used to cut DNA fragment at specific sequences, while another enzyme, DNA ligase, can attach or rejoin DNA fragments with complementary ends.
  Polymerase Chain Reaction This slide show explains Polymerase chain reaction (PCR), a process that enables researchers to produce millions of copies of a specific DNA sequence in approximately two hours. This automated process bypasses the need to use bacteria for amplifying DNA.
  Model Organisms for genetic and molecular biology experiments. A cartoon depiction of the primary model organisms with descriptions of their individual advantages and disadvantages.
  WormBook is a comprehensive, open-access collection of original, peer-reviewed chapters covering topics related to the biology of Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans). WormBook also includes WormMethods, an up-to-date collection of methods and protocols for C. elegans researchers.
  Physics-based Simulations in Biology Computer code for modeling biological processes based on how force and motion affect the process. Featured models include: RNA folding, cardiovascular dynamics, muscle biomechanics, and more.
  Molecular Biology Web Book This online book provides introductory material on cell and molecular biology, with numerous links to free online review articles for more detailed investigation of topics of interest. Featured pages, as of June 29, 2006, include material on p53, ras, and diabetes.
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