Friday, September 14, 2012
The Goodman Lab
There is a protein model on the desk that I didn't take a picture of. Prof. Goodman said it was "printed" by a very special printer that can print 3-D things. (WOW!)
I was so excited to learn that Prof. Goodman is the original scientist who discovered the juvenile hormone binding protein (JHBP) in 1970. He's been working on JHBP for more than 40 years. I mean, I've got to talk to the real scientist and do real stuff. Maybe just like my mom said, he sits beside me and explains the textbooks and the previous lab notebooks to me almost like a grandpa reading story books to his grandchild. It's inevitable that I feel privileged.
"So ... when the bacteria produce this sequence of amino acids, it will just turn into the binding protein?" I asked. "It's your job now," Prof. Goodman said, "no scientist has done that. Now we have the right bacteria. The question is whether the bacteria can fold the protein right. Your job is to stabilize the protein." Wow, it's surely exciting to work with real scientists and do real stuff; perhaps too exciting, I think I'm overloaded with excitement, anxiety, and confusion now.