What: Peppytides are physical models of polypeptide chains that anyone can hold and fold and interact with!
Why: Understanding protein folding pathways has been a long-standing grand challenge in computational and structural biology. It is very difficult to visualize in our mind how the polypeptide chains fold into various secondary and tertiary structures. We believe that playing with a physical, foldable model of a polypeptide chain may result in unexpected and surprising discoveries, or even just a deeper understanding of the existing state-of-the-art. With this vision in mind, we designed Peppytides!
What does it look like: Here's is the model folded into various secondary structures found in proteins. You can make one yourself. The details are in the Assembly page.