Translation, Reading the DNA Code (The hands-on LEGO version)
Here you see that the protein folds up into a short helix. Next, four of these folded proteins can create a channel protein in the cell membrane (yellow circles). These four protein chains have hydrophobic amino acids (yellow) around the outside edges. The hydrophobic amino acids orient the proteins towards the lipid molecules in the membrane. The pore or channel in the center (darkest area) allows ions to enter the cell.
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This activity is a facilitated school program for high school students at the MIT Museum.
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