Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

cartoon of Dr. Splicer Meet Dr. Gene Splicer, a talented, though somewhat hairy, member of our photosynthesis research team. Photosynthesis is how plants and some other life forms use sunlight to grow. Dr. Splicer is trying to learn what kinds of proteins are important in photosynthesis. He is working on a kind of bacterium that does photosynthesis (this kind of bacteria does not hurt people -- it lives in ponds). It turns out that not only plants but a few bacteria are able to use sunlight as an energy source. The process is actually very similar in plants and bacteria, but it is much easier to make mutants in the bacteria, so Dr. Splicer uses bacteria for his research. He has found three mutants which all seem to change how well photosynthesis works. He thinks that in these mutants some of the proteins used during photosynthesis have been changed. Would you like to help him understand his experiments with the three mutants?


Photosynthesis Center

Arizona State University

Box 871604

Room PSD 209

Tempe, AZ 85287-1604


09 February 2006

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