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What is the Human Genome Project?!?!?

Keith Robison robison1 at husc10.harvard.edu
Thu Jul 1 07:53:50 EST 1993

Jason_Burrell at fcircus.sat.tx.us (Jason Burrell) writes:

>In <9306290830.AA13323 at net.bio.net>, jordan at netcom.com (Jordan A. Bortz) writes:
>> Excuse me for being an ignoramus but:

Don't use that word!  There's nothing wrong with asking questions!

>I have seen some protein sequences that people sent to the
>Blitz server. (I requested the help file hoping it would be intresting.
>It was :) Could someone quickly explain what the letters stand for? At
>first guess I thought amino acids but I'm 99.9% sure thats not what it

Yes, the letters stand for amino acids -- one letter per residue.

Alanine		Cysteine	D=aspartic acid		E=glutamic acid
Glycine		Histidine	Isoleucine		K=lysine
Leucine		Methionine	asparagiNe		Proline
 Q=glutamine	aRginine	Serine			Threonine
 Valine		tYrosine

 and, of course:

	 Fenylalanine 	tWptophan	:-)

 I strongly suggest you get a good biochemistry/molecular biology/genetics
 textbook -- it is a very worthwhile investment.  Try a college bookstore,
 or there are several good ones available through Scientific American Books.

Keith Robison
Harvard University
Department of Cellular and Developmental Biology
Department of Genetics / HHMI

robison at biosun.harvard.edu 

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