How to Make a Costume That Would Look Like a Protein Synthesis

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If you are looking for a creative, unique Halloween costume and you enjoy the sciences, then consider dressing up as a protein synthesis model. Protein synthesis is a scientific process through which a DNA receives codes so it can produce essential proteins and amino acids for the proper functioning of the body and for cell growth. You can craft a protein synthesis costume by using materials that you already have at your house. Be creative and imaginative with this project.

Things You'll Need

  • Old red fabric or red ribbon
  • Blue ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Select an old pair of red pants, a long strip of old red fabric or even spools of red ribbon. This red material will serve as your DNA strands.

  • Cut the fabric into two long red strips with the help of a friend.

  • Tie the two strips together at one end, and wrap them around your neck so that the knot is at the back of your neck. You will be creating the DNA's double helix on your body.

  • Wrap one strip across your torso and wrap the other strip across your torso in the opposite direction. Continue this, creating the appearance of the double helix. Tie the strips at the base of your back.

  • Cut a long strip of blue fabric to represent the RNA -- the strains of molecules that carry genetic information during protein synthesis. Tie this strip around your neck and let the strip hang down your body.

  • Glue cotton balls on your shoulders to represent the amino acids, which attach to the RNA during protein synthesis.

  • Glue toilet paper rolls to a long blue strip of ribbon. This strips represents RNA with codons. The codons are a further development of the protein synthesis chain.

  • Tie this strip to the red double helix strips, and let it hang off of your body. In real protein synthesis, the amino acids will attach to the codon strands, turning them into polypeptide chains.

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