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Teaching Biology Through Bioinformatics

For Teachers Higher Ed
Learn more about the processes assisted by Bioinformatic Tools. Your class will learn how to research primary biological databases and the complex data that can be analyzed and manipulated to provide information.  This information will...
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Bioinformatics

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Students conduct a series of scientific investigation using bioinformatics. In this molecular biology lesson, students collect experimental data using different educational softwares. They calculate and analyze relationships using...
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Scientists Write!

For Teachers K - 12th
Students use a journal to record observations. They make notes about what research may be needed to answer questions that have come up in the field and sketch or make connections in the curriculum. They research bioinformatics and...
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Proteomics

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Students analyze data taken from proteomic experiments. In this biology activity, students explain the importance of bioinformatics tools in the study of proteins. They evaluate scientific results using math and computer software.
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Catalase: A Bioinformatics Case Study

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate the physical structure of a protein by using a computer simulation tool. They record its primary amino acid structure while viewing it in three dimensions for a better visual recognition. There is also a comparison...
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Biotechnology/Bioinformatics Activity

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Learners demonstrate the genetic principles of Heredity. They discover that each species has a unique Genetic fingerprint and that people can use "Genetic fingerprints" to solve a number of problems. They discuss examples of uses of DNA...
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Teaching Biology Through Bioinformatics

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Wow! A very detailed slideshow covers complex topics of genome research methods. This is advanced and relevant to the highest level of school biology. Excellent resource if you wish to expose your class to scientific methods and...
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Tree of Life

For Teachers 6th - Higher Ed
Pupils study genetics and evolution. They evaluate a group of organisms and estimate their genetic relatedness. Then they use an online program to check the accuracy of their estimations and make a branching phylogenetic tree which...
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Bioinformatics

For Teachers Higher Ed
Students are exposed to the tools and databases currently used by researchers in molecular and evolutionary biology. They gain a better understanding of gene analysis, taxonomy, and evolution.
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BLAST Algorithm

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Students explore a series of activities on using BLAST. In this biology lesson, students explain the significance of BLAST in DNA query. They give real world applications of BLAST.
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Who is the Sea Otter Related to?

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students examine the genetic relationships of different organisms. In groups, they discover the importance of genes and how different amino acids show various evolutionary relationships. They use an online database to continue their...
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Comparison of Protein Sequences From Two Samples of Crabmeat Using Gel Electrophoresis As an Introduction To the Biotechnology Lab

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students discover that proteins that are the product of DNA translation are different for different species. They determine that by analyzing their mass and charge they can differentiate between two different species. They use some of...
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Reading the Dna Code: Making Protein

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students study DNA decoding and protein synthesis. They use the amino acid table to translate DNA, break DNA strands into three nucleotide codes, and translate nucleotides into amino acid protein codes. They research the importance of...
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DNA Fingerprinting

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students study the process of DNA Fingerprinting and how DNA Fingerprinting is used in solving crimes. They examine a crime scenario that involves collecting DNA Fingerprinting information from blood collected at the crime scene. They...
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Winogradsky Columns: Microbial Ecology in the Classroom

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Winogradsky columns are ideal for observing the role of bacteria and other microorganisms in an ecosystem. This student activity guide is complete with data tables for observations and analysis questions for processing what was observed....
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DNA Technology

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
One of the first biotechnology breakthroughs occurred in 1982 with the creation of synthetic insulin. Young scientists learn about DNA technology with a presentation and accompanying worksheet. It focuses on DNA extraction and...
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Why Are The Shore Birds Dying?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students engage in a field study of birds and how they are in danger harm due to environmental factors. They list different possible causes in a prediction activity. The observations are done while writing up data and connecting it to a...
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Sequence Alignment

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners explore the uses of sequence alignment.  In this DNA lesson students complete several experiments on sequencing and algorithms. 
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Evolutionary Relationships Based Upon Comparative Genetics

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners investigate the protein cytochrome c in an attempt to use its genetic chemistry to study possible evolutionary relationships between organisms. The activity integrates technology with the use computers to perform DNA analysis.
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Are You Gellin

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students conduct an investigation of differentiating between different types of DNA. This is done with a simulation activity of being a scientist in charge of selling different sets of DNA for research which requires different...
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Phylogenetics

For Teachers 4th - 12th Standards
Introduce your class to the concept of creating phylogenetic trees by playing a game of Telephone. Participants create a mixed-up message and through the use of distance matrices, the evolution of the message is recreated. 
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Mussel Ecology

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students are introduced to the marine environment of the mussel. The emphasis of the activity is upon what human factors are present to influence the environment in positive and negative ways. They brainstorm in groups in order to...
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Physiological Adaptations

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate the concepts of genetics and how it is tied to the variations found within different species and how it is tied to adaptations. They review the theory of evolution and factors found to help create variation. The...
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Who Stole My Salad?

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders study DNA and RNA sequences and transcribe then into amino acids.  In this investigative lesson students research the Internet to find related proteins to amino acids.

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