StarORF facilitates the identification of the protein(s) encoded within a DNA sequence. Using StarORF, the DNA sequence is first transcribed into RNA and then translated into all the potential ORFs (Open Reading Frame) encoded within each of the six translation frames (3 in the forward direction and 3 in the reverse direction).
StarGenetics is a Mendelian genetics cross simulator. StarGenetics allows students to simulate mating experiments between organisms that are genetically different across a range of traits to analyze the nature of the traits in question. Its goal is to teach students about genetic experimental design and genetic concepts.
Protein Investigator gives students an opportunity to interactively explore protein structure and function in a simplified system. This is a highly-simplified model of protein folding. It is not intended to predict the correct structures of any proteins; it is designed to illustrate the major principles involved in that process.
OnScreen DNA is an easy-to-use, interactive virtual DNA model you can use to show these key details—and many more—in a memorable way that develops understanding. The program has been designed, first of all, to allow students to become completely at home with the essential details of DNA’s three-dimensional double helix structure.
GenePool is a computer simulation where hundreds of virtual organisms evolve swimming skills. These organisms are called “swimbots”. You can set mate preference criteria and thus influence what the swimbots consider as attractive qualities in potential mates. The most attractive swimbots get chosen most often to have little babies, and so their genetic building blocks propogate to future generations. Eventually, swimbots get better at pursuing each other, competing for food, and becoming babes to other swimbots. Local gene pools emerge which compete for sex and food (for energy to have more sex). Eventually a dominant sub-population takes over.
Cell and Cell Structure, that’s written for middle school students, and also provides a great review for high school students. Learn about life’s smallest unit – the cell. Students and teachers will appreciate the detailed 2D and 3D imagery, stunning graphics and in-depth content. Specifically designed for middle-school students, and offering a detailed review for high school students, this biology app is the perfect compliment to the life-science curriculum.