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This thread was posted on June 25, 2013 at 10:37 AM ET by Georgia Everett.
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Thank you for sharing this Georgia!
Students love to work at the lab bench (i.e., "wet labs"), but not all science is done at the bench. Computers have become an integral part of many areas of science. In biology and related fields, the use of computers (i.e., “bioinformatics”) has transformed our ability to use genetic information to answer research questions, and many of the same tools used by scientists are freely available for use in the classroom (including BLAST, ClustalW and Cn3D). NWABR has developed a series of introductory and advanced bioinformatics lessons for high school students. The introductory unit, “Using Bioinformatics: Genetic Testing,” explores the bioethics and science of genetic testing using the breast cancer susceptibility gene BRCA1 as a model. The advanced unit, “Using Bioinformatics: Genetic Research,” uses genetic data to explore evolutionary relationships using DNA barcoding as a model. All lessons and supporting resources are freely available from the “Teacher Center” at nwabr.org, and as resources and collections at the Archive (for example, search “bioinformatics”). Lessons can be used together, or as jumping off points for other units. I’m using the genetic research lessons with students this week in a summer school course for 10th through 12th graders, and it has launched us into great conversations and extensions about influenza, vaccines and infectious disease [advanced bioinformatics lesson 3].
Can you provide the links to these resources? They sound great!
Absolutely! Our introductory curriculum on genetic testing can be found at NWABR: http://www.nwabr.org/teacher-center/introductory-bioinformatics-genetic-testing
The advanced curriculum on DNA barcoding and evoluation is also at NWABR.org: www.nwabr.org/teacher-center/advanced-bioinformatics-genetic-research
Hopefully our Using Bioinformatics collection at the Archive is helpful as well, as it contains both curricula and additional suppport resources: http://www.apsarchive.org/collection.cfm?collectionID=2000