Resources for the Jalview Schools Workbook
'Visualising DNA, RNA & Proteins' Jalview Schools Workbook is aimed at 16-18 year old secondary school students studying Higher or A level biology. The easy-to-use design requires only a desktop or laptop computer with a web browser and internet access.
The workbook contains 3 practical web-based projects:
Project 1 views DNA, RNA and protein sequences, then views the 3D structure of these molecules.
Project 2 views the sequence and structure of human myoglobin protein, comparing it with myoglobin sequences from other species. The student then views the coding DNA sequence, and codons, alongside the protein.
Project 3 views exons and introns in the HBB gene (which is involved in sickle cell anaemia). The student then views the coding DNA and its protein product in a split-screen viewer identifying the genetic mutations linked to the disease.
(A) School Workbook
(B) Launching Jalview JS program in a web browser
Click this link to launch JalviewJS
(C) IDs and URLs used in the Workbook
(a) Project 1-Exercise 1 ID: Viewing DNA (3BSE) - drag this DNA file onto Jalview desktop
(b) Project 1-Exercise 2 ID: Viewing RNA (2GIS) - drag this RNA file onto Jalview desktop
(c) Project 1-Exercise 3 IDs: Viewing protein Amylase (1smd enzyme) - drag this amylase file onto Jalview desktop
Collagen (1cag structure) - drag this collagen file onto Jalview desktop
Antibody (1igt defence) - drag this antibody file onto Jalview desktop
Ferritin (5xb1 storage) - drag this ferritin file onto Jalview desktop
Insulin (6bcx signalling) - drag this insulin file onto Jalview desktop [Note: this can take a while to load]
Myoglobin (1mbn transport) - drag this myoglobin file onto Jalview desktop
(d) Project 2-Exercise 1 ID: Viewing myoglobin sequences
(e) Project 2-Exercise 2 ID: Viewing myoglobin & its coding DNA - EMBLCDS database id: CAG46747
(f) Project 3-Exercise 1: Viewing exons & introns in the HBB gene
(g) Project 3-Exercise 2: Viewing coding DNA & its protein product - EMBLCDS database id: CAG46711
Getting Started Video
Getting started can be achieved in 3 simple steps as demonstrated in the '1-minute set-up' video below.
(1) Open the school resources webpage on the Jalview website (https://www.jalview.org/school-resources)
(2) View the workbook pdf in a second window by clicking a link on the webpage
(3) Launch JalviewJS from a link on the webpage
The video walkthroughs are speeded up recordings of each of the exercises in the workbook.
(a) Click to view: Project 1-Exercise 1: Viewing DNA walkthrough video
(b) Click to view: Project 1-Exercise 2: Viewing RNA walkthrough video
(c) Click to view: Project 1-Exercise 3: Viewing proteins walkthrough video
(d) Click to view: Project 2-Exercise 1: Viewing myoglobin protein walkthrough video
(e) Click to view: Project 2-Exercise 2: Viewing myoglobin and coding DNA walkthrough video
(f) Click to view: Project 3-Exercise 1: Viewing exons and introns walkthrough video
(g) Click to view: Project 3-Exercise 2: Viewing coding DNA and its protein product walkthrough video
(i) What is Jalview?
(iv) Click to view the video: Jalview's multiple windows
(v) Click to view the video: Jalview's drop-down and context menus
Identifier Codes used in the Workbook
Project 1 PDB IDs
Project 2 Uniprot Myoglobin IDs
P02144; P02147; P02185; P02192; P04247; P68276; P02197; P85077; P63113; P02190; P02187
DNA Identifier Codes
Free Public Biological Databases
(i) UniProt is a database of protein sequences (http://www.uniprot.org/).
(ii) Protein Data Bank (PDB) is a database of crystallographic, three-dimensional structural data of large biological molecules (http://www.rcsb.org/).
(iii) Ensembl is a genomic database (http://ensemblgenomes.org/).
(iv) EMBL (CDS) data originates from the European Nucleotide Archive (ENA) database of annotated DNA and RNA sequences (https://www.ebi.ac.uk/ena).
(v) PFAM is a database of protein families is a database of protein families (http://pfam.xfam.org/)
(vi) RFAM is a database containing information about non-coding RNA families and other structured RNA elements (https://rfam.xfam.org/).