This project was prepared as part of a BioQUEST faculty development workshop entitled PEER Workshop: Using Bioinformatics in Biological Problem Solving at SCALE-IT, NIMBIOS in August 2009. 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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Making our own Digestol pill, Digest-All
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Possible Audiences:

people with digestive problems  


Brief Overview:

We investigated the key enzyme ingredients listed in KramerLab's Digestol. Digestol is designed to boost levels of enzymes needed to break down starches, proteins, lipids, and lactose. The idea is that improved digestion would lead to improved nutrition absorption and less irritation. We looked at several possible sources of amylases, lipases, and other enzymes in Digestol.  


Future Directions:

Find an optimum model of amylase, lipase, and other enzymes required for digestion found in Digestol. Experimentation is needed.