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Wednesday, August 6 • 2:00pm - 5:00pm
W60: Molecular Origami for Biochemistry: Accurate Paper Models of Proteins, Carbohydrates, Lipids, and DNA

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Would your students enjoy building their own accurate models of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and DNA? Participants in this workshop will learn a method for modeling large biomolecules with paper. These models are affordable, easy to construct, and allow educational activities that are impossible with other kits. Inspired by Pauling's paper model of an alpha helix and Hanson's book "Molecular Origami", the models start with a molecular structure printed on standard weight paper, along with lines for cutting and folding. Pairs of numbers guide alignment of hydrogen bonds, which are secured with transparent tape. Participants will build several models from the following list: alpha helix, beta sheet, Rossmann fold, leucine zipper (pictured), collagen, cyclodextrin, amylose, amylopectin, cellulose, chitin, heparin, sphingomyelin, cardiolipin, glycolipids, and DNA.


Charles Abrams

Truman College


Thomas Higgins

Harold Washington College

Wednesday August 6, 2014 2:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
PAD 119