Structural Biology Pipeline Meets the High School Classroom
In the latest RCSB PDB Newsletter, high school teacher Daniel Williams and SPARK participants describe what happens when the Structural Biology Pipeline Meets the High School Classroom in two features Hypothesis-Based Structural Biology and Determination and Refinement of a Crystal Structure.
Hypothesis-Based Structural Biology in the High School Classroom looks at how students from Shelter Island High School (in a small rural district on Shelter Island, NY) are using PDB data to answer questions about methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR), an enzyme implicated in many human diseases.
Determination and Refinement of the Crystal Structure of Proteins Block Allocation Group at Brookhaven National Laboratory describes how students and teachers from Long Island school districts (Eastport South Manor HS, Northport HS, Bayshore HS, Connetquot HS, Pendleton Hauppauge HS, William Floyd HS, Shelter Island HS) are collaborating on the crystallization, generation of putative ligands, and elucidation of protein structures at the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS II) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL).
Other articles in this issue of the RCSB PDB Newsletter look at how PDB Benefits Global Health, Science, Economy; Exploring Distance, Angle, and Dihedral Measurements; and Meeting PDB in VR with Nanome. More at the Fall 2018 Newsletter.