Proteam UP! The Challenge
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For this challenge, and to aid you in completing a full risk assessment, you will need to be aware of the following:
- In Part II, do not eat or drink any of the substances once used. Adult supervision may be required when handling boiling water. In case of spills, wash hands thoroughly with warm soapy water.
Part I: Crack the DNA code!
In Part I, we will explore what proteins are and how DNA molecules encode the proteins synthesised in our own cells. We'll be cracking the DNA code to reveal the identity of a real life protein!
Part II: Kitchen Science!
Part III: Visualising Proteins!
In Part III, we will be using your computers to visualise what proteins really look like. We'll then explore how the structure of proteins is important for them to do their jobs in the body.