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Teaching Bioinformatics Using Journals

Teaching Bioinformatics Using Journals is an acivity designed to help students learn the real world applications of bioinformatics and current research in genomics.  It also gives students the opportunity to learn how to read a scientific journal.  After completing this activity students will have several strategies to read and better understand a scientific journal. Read more about Teaching Bioinformatics Using Journals

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Bacteria Primer Comparison 2: Gel Electrophoresis

This lesson will occur after a lesson in which the students will isolate bacterial DNA by using primers and PCR. In this lesson, each student will be able to accept or reject his or her hypothesis by completing gel electrophoresis of the PCR product and analyzing the results compared to the other bacterial primer products and a ladder.   Read more about Bacteria Primer Comparison 2: Gel Electrophoresis

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Bacteria Primer Comparison 1: PCR

This lesson will allow students to become familiar with the PCR process by using the thermocycler after discussing the process and its purpose along with completing an online simulation of it.  It will also allow the students to hypothesize which primer will work best with the various prokaryotic samples and then analyze their results after researching basic characteristics about the bacteria Read more about Bacteria Primer Comparison 1: PCR

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Fish Evolution

What connections exist between proteins and genes and figuring out evolutionary relationships? Students will use SDS-PAGE to analyze different fish proteins. Analysis of proteins will be used to predict evolutionary relationships among different fish.    Read more about Fish Evolution

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The Power of Mitochondrial DNA: The Case of the Disappeared Children of Argentina

The Power of Mitochondrial DNA: The Case of the Disappeared Children of Argentina is a real world application of the use of mtDNA to solve a problem.  Students assume the role of scientists who work to determine paternity and maternity relationships in custody battles and incidences of abduction.  Students must help four families try to find lost infants that were given to other families after Read more about The Power of Mitochondrial DNA: The Case of the Disappeared Children of Argentina

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Determining Molecular Genotype from Phenotype: Real Time PCR Analysis

Students will learn about lightcyclers (real time PCR), a biotechnology used to help determine molecular genotype of blood types. They will analyze sample lightcycler outputs to determine blood type and possible molecular genotypes of humans. Read more about Determining Molecular Genotype from Phenotype: Real Time PCR Analysis

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ABO Blood Types with Chi Square Analysis

Students will read and review background information on the ABO blood groups and will practice blood type problems to ensure their understanding of multiple allele genetics.  Students will analyze blood types of the US population, make comparisons, and evaluate the significance using Chi Square analysis. Read more about ABO Blood Types with Chi Square Analysis

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