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1 May 2012 A Bioinformatics Module for use in an Introductory Biology Laboratory
Adrienne Alaie, Virginia Teller, Wei-Gang Qiu
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Since biomedical science has become increasingly data-intensive, acquisition of computational and quantitative skills by science students has become more important. For non-science students, an introduction to biomedical databases and their applications promotes the development of a scientifically literate population. Because typical college introductory biology laboratories do not include experiences of this type, we present a bioinformatics module that can easily be included in a 90-minute session of a biology course for both majors and nonmajors. Students completing this computational, inquiry-based module observed the value of computer-assisted analysis. The module gave students an understanding of how to read files in a biological database (GenBank) and how to use a software tool (BLAST) to mine the database.

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Adrienne Alaie, Virginia Teller, and Wei-Gang Qiu "A Bioinformatics Module for use in an Introductory Biology Laboratory," The American Biology Teacher 74(5), 318-322, (1 May 2012). https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2012.74.5.6
Published: 1 May 2012
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bioinformatics
BLAST
inquiry-based learning
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