Bacteria are prokaryotic organisms that can be found almost anywhere on earth. Identifying prokaryotic species can be difficult in a high school lab. The purpose of this lab it to use information that is known about bacteria cell wall composition, size, shape, arrangements, enzymatic activity, colony growth, and molecular data (DNA) to identify species (or group of prokaryotes) of known and Read more about Inquiry Lab: Identifying Bacteria using Morphology, Physiology, and Molecular Data
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
What is the structure and function of the nervous system? How do you use bioinformatics relational databases to explore biological molecules? Students will explore the Genes 2 Cognition website and then chose a particular molecule to investigate further. Students will use a variety of resources, including OMIM, NCBI, Allen Brain Atlas, Ensemble, and Entrez.
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The Case of the Missing Laptop is designed to be used as a unit. It begins with a story about a petty high school crime and some DNA evidence found at the crime scene. Students are taken through a problem-solving process as they learn techniques that would help them assess the DNA evidence from the crime scene to identify the perpetrator. Read more about Who Dunnit? The Case of the Missing Laptop
Students will develop an understanding of available technologies that assist in analyzing DNA. Students will work virtually though the processes of DNA extraction, PCR, Gel electrophoresis, and DNA microarrays. Virtual extraction and electrophoresis labs will be used to show students the process before they actually do the process themselves. Read more about Modes of DNA Analysis: Extraction, Electrophoresis, PCR, and Microarray
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