Biology Free-form input example

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Biology Free-form input example

Postby swingfield » Wed Oct 26, 2011 4:08 pm

Playing with free form input the other day, I decided to input the following:

=ACGACGACTCAG

Not only does Wolfram Alpha correctly assume this is a 12 base sequence, but it also gives great additional information that could be used to enhance a biochemistry course.

Things like:

Oligonucleotide melting temperature: a tool that is especially useful for PCR experiments:
49.7 °C (degrees Celsius)
(under standard PCR conditions)

The matching amino acid sequence:
C:\Users\scarter\AppData\Local\Temp\wolframalpha-20111026110630366.gif

Or exact matches on the human chromosome:
C:\Users\scarter\AppData\Local\Temp\wolframalpha-20111026110703953.gif

How would you use this information to enhance your course?
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