[Molvis-list] Contact and request for support

Eric Martz emartz at microbio.umass.edu
Thu Feb 22 20:20:14 EST 2007

Dear Kevin,

In response to your inquiry about K-12 materials, please see:

BioMolecular Explorer 3D (designed for high school level)
(soon the Jmol version will be available on CD as well as online)

and other materials at http://highschool.molviz.org

A key component of BioMolecular Explorer 3D is a tutorial on DNA 
double helix structure/function. It is not a linear story. Rather, 
students are encouraged to press buttons in any order to see what 
happens. What happens depends on what you pressed earlier.

This DNA tutorial includes challenge questions designed for three 
levels: secondary school students, lower level and upper level 
college students. Answers are available on email request to me.

When teachers ask me for the answers, I include the information below 
about related K-12 resources:

You may find additional useful resources at the MyDNA website, which 
supports a course for non-science majors here at UMass. See 
especially the interactive Flash simulations of electrophoresis of 
DNA, which convey some fundamental principles of DNA analysis by 
restriction endonucleases.

The course website http://www.bio.umass.edu/biochem/mydna/
has links to "discovery modules" which are interactive "experiment simulators".

There are other resources at http://molvis.sdsc.edu/dna/moredna.htm 
that may be of interest.

All of these resources are available through my umbrella site, 

For inexpensive but educational fun, don't miss http://balloonmolecules.com !!

Finally, for junior-high students, there is a cool, easy, on-line 
workalike to DNA fingerprinting here:


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Biochem 3D Education Resources http://MolviZ.org
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Protein Explorer - 3D Visualization: http://proteinexplorer.org
Workshops: http://workshops.proteinexplorer.org
World Index of Molecular Visualization Resources: http://molvisindex.org
ConSurf - Find Conserved Patches in Proteins: http://consurf.tau.ac.il
Atlas of Macromolecules: http://atlas.proteinexplorer.org
PDB Lite Macromolecule Finder: http://pdblite.org
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