ERIC Number: EJ1003674
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
A Hands-On Approach to Teaching Protein Translation & Translocation into the ER
LaBonte, Michelle L.
American Biology Teacher, v75 n3 p211-213 Mar 2013
The process of protein translation and translocation into the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) can often be challenging for introductory college biology students to visualize. To help them understand how proteins become oriented in the ER membrane, I developed a hands-on activity in which students use Play-Doh to simulate the process of protein insertion into the ER membrane. After completing the hands-on activity, students are better able to solve problems in which they have to predict the membrane orientation of a protein.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Biology, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, College Science, Introductory Courses, Molecular Structure, Hands on Science, Simulation
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Education Level: Higher Education
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