This project was prepared as part of a BioQUEST faculty development workshop entitled BioQUEST Summer Workshop 2006: Exploring Complex Data Sets at Beloit College in June 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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Of Pigs and People on the Potomac
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undergraduate instructors and students  


Brief Overview:

We addressed the issue of human health hazards associated with large swine farms near rivers by asking whether swine and humans share pathogens. We then focused on Hepatitis E virus (HEV) and compared virus sequences isolated from swine and humans via ClustalW. In each case, we found that swine and human viruses clustered geographically, suggesting possible zoonotic transmission of the virus.