Computers in Science Quiz


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Question 1 : Can scientists design and produce a protein that has a particular three-dimensional shape?

A. No
B. Yes

Question 2 : What is distributed computing?

A. A way for computer scientists to disseminate their research results over the Internet
B. An effort to provide all scientists with access to state-of-the-art computational tools
C. A way for computer scientists to network and collaborate in answering complex scientific questions
D. A way for scientists to answer complex biological questions using computer power often drawn from idling personal computers
E. A computer giveaway sweepstakes

Question 3 : Biologists can use computer animation to:

A. Observe the action of the cell's protein factory, the ribosome
B. Watch how chemicals change and move among cells in the brain
C. Explore a molecule's biophysical properties
D. Accomplish all of the above

Question 4 : Public health officials can use computer models of infectious disease spread to help them control a disease outbreak.

A. True
B. False

Question 5 : Biologists can use computers to understand the workings of a biological system, such as the system that keeps the heart beating rhythmically.

A. False
B. True

Question 6 : Geneticists use computers to:

A. Identify genetic differences that affect how people respond to medicines
B. Find gene variants that confer resistance to certain diseases, such as malaria
C. Find strategies to slow the spread of antibiotic resistance in bacteria
D. Accomplish all of the above 

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