What will this project do?
Why are gene comparisons important?
What will the results of this project be?
What are the expected benefits of this project?
What is DNA?
What are genes?
What are proteins?
What are enzymes?
What is DNA sequencing?
How do you understand an organism's function from a DNA sequence?
What is the difference between a genome and a metagenome?
What are microorganisms?
Why are microorganisms important?
Why is understanding microorganism function important?
What does the Uncovering Genome Mysteries project screensaver look like?
What does the Uncovering Genome Mysteries project screensaver show?
The graphics show a portion of a pair of protein sequences, which have been compared on your computer or device in the form of “letter codes”. The letters (A, R, N, D, C, E, Q, G, H, I, L, K, M, F, P, S, T, W, Y, V) represent the twenty types of amino acid molecules that are assembled in a chain to form the protein molecule. The matching letters in the two protein sequences are highlighted.
When sequences match, it means that the unknown organism produces a protein that is similar to a more well-known protein. This can indicate that the two proteins have similar functions, and give scientists a head start in understanding the unknown organism.
What does the progress bar below the text show?