Do you know how to separate proteins?
- Middle or high school activity
- Aligned to NGSS Standards PS1.A and PS1.B
- Contains a teacher's guide and study study guide copymasters
Amino acids are the fundamental building blocks of all proteins. Often times scientists may need to identify the amino acid contained in a protein. One such method for separating and identifying individual amino acids is paper chromatography.
In this activity, students will perform a paper chromatography experiment on three known amino acids, and then use their results to identify the components of an unknown amino acid mixture.
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