Faculty mentor: Martin Horvath
MutY is a DNA repair enzyme that prevents cancer. The Lost City represents the beginning of life; thus by studying MutY from the Lost City the evolutionary history of this crucial enzyme can be analyzed. The goal of this project was to re-analyze the LC MutY metagenome collected by Dr. Brazelton in 2018 through a structural approach by predicting structures of amino acid sequences and virtually docking nucleotides.
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