A 3DMD Bioinformatics Activity

Map of the Human ß-Globin Gene© Introduction

DNA can be explored from two very different perspectives:

  • From the structural perspective the focus is on the double-helical structure deduced by Watson and Crick and the complementary A-T and G-C base pairs.  (3DMD’s DNA Discovery Kit© focuses on the structure of DNA.)
  • From the information perspective the focus is on the way in which a sequence of As, Ts, Gs and Cs encodes the information needed by cells to make proteins.

Bioinformatics is a computer-based discipline that focuses on the information DNA encodes.  Bioinformatics software consists of various algorithms that sift through incredibly long sequences of nucleotides, searching for patterns that allow us to identify genes and deduce the amino acid sequence of the encoded proteins.  The 3DMD β-Globin Gene Exercise© focuses on DNA from the information perspective. A complete introduction to this activity can be found at the web address included in your product shipment. CONTACT US if you need that web address emailed to you. (We only share these resources with teachers who purchase the Map of the Human β-Globin Gene©.)