ERIC Number: ED454083
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
The Structures of Life.
National Inst. of General Medical Sciences (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
This booklet, geared toward an advanced high school or early college-level audience, explains how structural biology provides insight into health and disease and is useful in developing new medications. This publication contains a general introduction to proteins, coverage of the techniques used to determine protein structures, and a chapter on structure-based drug design. The booklet features "Student Snapshots," designed to inspire young people to consider careers in biomedical research. Review questions at the end of each chapter are also included. Chapter 1 discusses the "structures of life" and their role in the structure and function of all living things. In Chapters 2 and 3, X-ray crystallography and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy tools that structural biologists use to study the detailed shapes of proteins and other biological molecules are described. Chapter 4 explains how the shape of proteins can be used to help design new medications, in this case drugs to treat AIDS and arthritis. Chapter 5 provides more examples of how structural biology teaches about all life processes, including those of humans. (ASK)
Descriptors: Biology, Biomedicine, High Schools, Higher Education, Science Activities, Science Careers, Science Instruction, Spectroscopy
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of General Medical Sciences (NIH), Bethesda, MD.