I was given a mini-toober of the exact right length (320 cm, somewhat more than ten feet) by my coach, who received it from MSOE (the organization sponsoring the event). I don't know what he had to do to get them to send it to him, but he didn't buy it- part of MSOE's sponsorship is that they spot everyone the mini-toobers.Did you guys use a 10 ft minitoober or some other structure to base your model on (for the pre-build portion)?
If you go to http://cbm.msoe.edu/stupro/so/index.html and open the "2010 Pre-build Competition Environment" in the sidebar on the left, right above the screen showing the protein should be a link to a "Jmol Quick Reference Sheet", or something to that effect. It's a PDF that outlines the basic commands used in Jmol. That might be what you're looking for.Is there a site showing how to use JMOL, for example, how to select and view a particular chain? This does not appear to work with the GUI within the JMOL tool.
A presenter showing the tool said "restrict" when she was keying in data on a scioly JMOL tutorial, but there wasn't any depth to this. Outlining the syntax and basic command structure would be helpful.An old manual guidance led me to believe Restrict[*b] would work but the JMOL app rejected this command.
The point of the model is to explain the "molecular story" of the protein. In other words, you want to show its function. Any aspect of the protein that elucidates its function would be good to include.Along with sidechains, what are other important things to include on the protein? Are properties of the amino acids, like hydrophillic and hydrophobic, good to include too?
My experiences have been great!I ran this event at the RCS invitational... i think it's a great event! It's a huge, but i think it's very much in the creative spirit of science olympiad. How have your experiences been?
This is certainly true. Accurate secondary structure is essential, as well as roughly accurate tertiary structure. However, showing complete primary structure is unnecessary; there were several teams that showed every sidechain, and that really doesn't add anything to your model. Only show the important sidechains.Remember to balance creative additions with accuracy - too many pre-builds emphasized creative additions and lacked appropriate secondary/tertiary protein structure.
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