This project was prepared as part of a BioQUEST faculty development workshop entitled ASM/BioQUEST Bioinformatics Institute at American Society for Microbiology in March 2006. The BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium is committed to the reform of undergraduate biology instruction through an emphasis on engaging students in realistic scientific practices. This approach is sometimes characterized as an inquiry driven approach and is captured in BioQUEST's three P's (problem-posing, problem-solving, and peer-persuasion). As part of this workshop groups of faculty were encouraged to initiate innovative curricular projects. We are sharing these works in progress in the hope that they will stimulate further exploration, collaboration and development. Please see the following links for additional information:

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Genetics in your Blood: Hemoglobin Workspace to Illustrate Basic Genetic Concepts
Authors          Audiences          Overview           Materials          Resources           Future Directions



Alix Darden
The Citadel

Dave Westenberg
University of Missouri - Rolla

Patty Shields
University of Maryland

Michael Rubin
University of Puerto Rico at Cayey


Possible Audiences:

Genetics class, majors and non majors  


Brief Overview:

A gentics problem space designed to engage student to primary literature while posing and solving genetic problems.  


Project Materials:

Primary Literature, DNA and protein sequences, computers  


Resources and References:

Bioinformatics tools  


Future Directions:

More data, more sequences, additional tools (pedigree programs, etc.)  



- bioquestgenetics.ppt