This project was prepared as part of a BioQUEST faculty development workshop entitled ASM/BioQUEST Bioinformatics Institute at American Society for Microbiology in March 2007. The BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium is committed to the reform of undergraduate biology instruction through an emphasis on engaging students in realistic scientific practices. This approach is sometimes characterized as an inquiry driven approach and is captured in BioQUEST's three P's (problem-posing, problem-solving, and peer-persuasion). As part of this workshop groups of faculty were encouraged to initiate innovative curricular projects. We are sharing these works in progress in the hope that they will stimulate further exploration, collaboration and development. Please see the following links for additional information:

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Bioinformatic modules for Biology instruction
 
 
Authors          Audiences          Overview           Materials          Resources           Future Directions
 

 


Authors


Kelynne Reed
Austin College


Bradley Stevenson
University of Oklahoma


Jean Shingle
Immaculata University

 
   
 


Possible Audiences:

Freshman Biology to Upper level Molecular Biology  

 
 


Brief Overview:

Students will receive microbial DNA or protein sequence of unknown origin (to them).They will use various databases to investigate the gene identity, gene function, context (operon ?), phylogeny, genome structure and gene expression. Students will engage in both individual and collaborative learning by combining their indivdual findings and presenting as a group. These modules can be used indivdually or in combination to fit into any course regardless of time and population.  

 
   
 


Project Materials:

The Biology workbench http://workbench.sdsc.edu The NCBI search site http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov The Joint Genome Initiative http://www.jgi.doe.gov/ Intergrated Microbial Genome database http://img.jgi.doe.gov/cgi-bin/pub/main.cgi KEGG pathway database http://www.genome.jp/kegg/pathway.html  

 
 


Future Directions:

Develop a problem space contain relevant data.  

 
 


Attachments


- Gene neighborhood.doc
- trpA tryptophan synthase seq.txt
- Prjct21.ppt
- tryptophan synthaseA DNA1.txt