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explores biological molecules, self-assembly, and DNA. Zoom in on the macromolecules from which living things are made. Discover how, on the molecular level, things can assemble themselves. Learn how genetic information stored in DNA is read by cells and used to build proteins that cells need. Find out about protein folding, protein-substrate docking, and the important role of shapes and charges in self assembly. (Concord Consortium, National Science Foundation)

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Biological systems are made of basic building blocks such as amino acids. These building blocks self-assemble into bigger units. The units then stack up to make larger organization. At the level of physics, shapes and charges play important roles in this assembly process.
The following animation shows the motion of a reverse micelle at 300 K.

Reverse micelle

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