wacky thought

Louis Hom lhom at OCF.Berkeley.EDU
Sat Mar 13 15:50:31 EST 1999

There are sometimes weird reversible cause-effect relationships between
phenomena -- at the moment the only one that comes to mind is the Peltier
effect (say you heat one end of an electrical conductor and chill the
other;  the electrons at the hot end wind up with a higher electrical
potential.  conversely, you can apply a voltage across certain
semiconductor n/p couples and get hot on one side and cold on the other
(useful for cooling Pentiums)).  If anyone has a more broadly known
example of this, I'd welcome the help.  Maybe fluorescence and the
photoelectric effect?
	But my real question/idea is, I wonder if there's anything that we
measure or postulate in proteins (say, CD or helix end-effects) that could
actually be turned around to influence the behavior (folding, whatever) of
the proteins.

Lou Hom >K'93			     
lhom at ocf.berkeley.edu		

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