Lost in Translation?
There are a lot of complex molecules translating messenger RNA into proteins. Students spend a lot of time thinking about how protein structure translates into functions, but much less about how RNA structures can.
The tRNA model lets students see it!
We have used these tRNA to describe:
RNA loops. If printed in a flexible material, the strand can be straightened. Loops are easy to see even if rigid.
RNA base pairing interactions
RNA base stacking interactions
Where's the data?
Want to know if using 3D models is effective? We did too. Check out our peer-reviewed publication here.
Model design: Michelle Howell
Opens a UNL Digital Commons page with download files at the bottom. Two versions available: .blend and .stl
Note that these models were designed to be printed on an SLS printer. Printers with support material may also work.
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