I have a Computer Science background and a minimal biology knowledge. This is the question I am asked to answer in one of the biology courses:
What would be the structure of ribosomal proteins when isolated from the ribosome?
I do understand (on a high level) what a protein and a ribosome are. I read about the rRNA, ribosomal proteins, 30s and 50s subunits. That gave me an overall insight, but it didn't specifically answer the question. I also tried to Google some pictures of these proteins without much success. Thus, what I want to ask is:
i) What's the concrete answer to this question?
ii) Does the structure of an isolated protein differ to being part of a ribosome?
iii) What exactly do I need to say about its structure? Secondary, Tertiary, something else?
and most importantly
iv) How would a biologist attempt to answer this question?