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Stereo Viewing Tutorial
Judging Model Quality:
Pet Peeve Style Manual
Student-Led Discussion Manual
Little Library for the Reading-Time Challenged
Home Page for Crystallography Made Crystal Clear
Resources for Biochemistry Teachers
Teach yourself how to see and analyze macromolecular
Tutorial for DeepView
UPDATED for v. 4.0.
From first steps to advanced use of a free, friendly, and powerful molecular graphics program.
Bioinformatics for Beginners
UPDATED 2008/10. How to use sequence and structure databases. Designed for newcomers, including first-year biochemistry
students. INCLUDES HOMOLOGY MODELS --
using sequence and homologous structures to model proteins of unknown
Judging the Quality of Macromolecular Models
of Terms to help you understand
journal articles, and to make wise use of structures determined by
X-ray crystallography, NMR, and homology modeling.
See Models in 3D
See what everyone else misses about structure by viewing in 3D.
New Life for Seminars and Journal Clubs
User's Manual for Student-Led Discussion
and increase student participation—more informed talk from students, more
thoughtful listening for you.
Improve Your Writing
The Pet Peeve Style Manual
Eliminate annoying and confusing words and phrases from your scientific writing. Your readers will thank you.
Refreshment for Your Mind
Little Library for the Reading-Time Challenged
think about structural biology all the time. Make the most of outside
reading and broaden your education with these small but pithy books.
All worth reading and rereading.
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Tools for Structural Biology
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Simplicity: Photons and Protons
Composite image, Back Cove (Portland, Maine) and model of bacteriorhodopsin
During daylight hours, proteins like this one are hard at work for certain
types of photosynthetic bacteria in the Cove's surface waters. Bacteriorhodopsins
of archaebacteria and their recently discovered marine bacterial relatives,
proteorhodopsins, transform light energy into chemical energy, using
absorbed light (photons) to pump hydrogen ions (protons) across cell
membranes. The resulting disparity between the quantities of protons
inside and outside the bacterial membrane, called a concentration gradient,
is a fundamental and versatile source of chemical energy that bacteria
use for maintenence, propulsion, and reproduction. Bacteria are important
links in food chains that support the abundant and varied life of Back
By using photons to pump protons, photosynthetic rhodopsins forge a
link between two of the universe's simplest entities.
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I was captured for life
by chemistry and by crystals.
Made Crystal Clear:
A Guide for Users of Macromolecular Models
by Gale Rhodes
Third Edition, 2006
CMCC-III covers the basics of single-crystal X-ray crystallography for users of macromolecular models and beginning
brief introductions to NMR and homology models, and to other diffraction
methods (electron, neutron, Laue, fiber, and powder).
Learn where all types of models come from and how to use them wisely.
Learn more about CMCC-III .
Visit the CMCC Home Page.
Links to all tools mentioned in the book, plus sites that
expand your understanding of macromolecular
Without biochemistry, you miss most of the beauty in structural biology. Learn or
review key concepts with these tools. Student-tested and compatible with standard texts.
Biochemistry Topics List
Integrated with all of the following Biochemistry
Biochemistry, Chapter Zero: Setting the Stage for
Get acquainted with metabolism while reviewing essential concepts from general and organic chemistry.
Get a foothold on new subjects.
Ready to move to the next topic?
Learning Biochemistry with DeepView
Problems and tutorials that require molecular graphics, and DeepView does them best.
A grab-bag of learning aids for beginning biochemistry.
Review your organic chemistry. Prepared by Professor
Molecular graphics should be an integral part of a first biochemistry course. Here's why.
Links to all of the above and more.
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