We Can Figure This Out.org
Virtual Lab: DNA (close-up & do-it-yourself)
University of Virginia
PROJECT OVERVIEW: This "Virtual Lab" website was developed by John C. Bean. It began under a grant from the National Science Foundation's CCLI program, and grew under subsequent NIRT, MRSEC and NUE awards. It has now been combined with Bean's Nanoscience and Sustainable Energy websites to form WeCanFigureThisOut.org (about / contact).
SOFTWARE TOOLS: The Virtual Lab's animations were created using the program "3D Studio MAX." The website is built upon PHP programming calling upon MySQL databases.
PAGE CREDITS: This page was created by John C. Bean. Virtual reality models were created with the aid of real life models of DNA constructed from Molymod components obtained from Indigo.com.
LEARN MORE: A good organic chemistry text is a must (we use Paula Yurkanis Bruice's "Organic Chemistry" ISBN 0-13-140748-1).

We also found the University of Massachusetts JMOL Java stick model of DNA particularly useful in that you can freeze its motion to study a particular 3D section of DNA.

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