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Interface development:

Home Page for SIB and other Bioinformatics information including the student interface to the Biology Workbench.

A new unique tool and two new search options have been added to SIB. It is now possible in SIB to Extract part of the Biology Workbench Sequence. Also, LocusLink and Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man search options have been added to the Ndjinn results (along with the PubMed and Google options)

Curriculum materials:

  1. Tutorials, which are accessible online for interested students, teachers, and faculty via the BSW website (
  1. HIV materials piloted at the Beloit College November 11, 2000 workshop

Conference Announcement (


I. Seven Scenarios: A Context-Setting Activity for Studying Bioinformatics & Biotechnology

II. Is He Guilty?: An Introduction to Working with Sequence Data and Analysis

III. Exploring HIV Evolution: An Opportunity to Do Your Own Research

IV. Background information on HIV biology

Workshop Activities (

  1. HIV materials prepared and taught by student teacher Hillary Anderson at Monona Grove High School, Monona Grove, Wisconsin, Spring 2001.

1. Description of Intended Student Audience

2. Goals and aims of the nine week course

3. Description of the project assignment with Hillary's comments

4. Description of the project assignment without comments

5. Outline of the nine-week curriculum

6. Additional resources for teachers

7. Daily schedule with assignments

8. An introduction to using the Biology Workbench

9. Research questions and poster assignment

10. Quiz on sequence research interpretation

11. Project assessment criteria

  1. Additional materials and resources

Bibliography for bioinformatics education

This collection of references is a useful starting point for anyone interested in learning more about bioinformatics education. The list was compiled for the "Biology Student Workbench Workshop: Integrating Bioinformatics into Biology Science Education, Teacher Education, and Educational Technology Courses" meeting. (

Introduction to bioinformatics talk

This slideshow provides a brief introduction to bioinformatics and some discussion of the role bioinformatics can play in biology education. (

Molecular forensics

This slideshow provides a brief introduction to the application of sequence analysis to forensics.You have just started as a technician at the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory in Ashland Oregon. Your first assignment is to do a species identification on a shipment of salamanders that have just arrived at the lab. (

Investigations of HIV-1 Env Evolution

This slideshow povides a brief introduction to a large HIV dataset and how it can be used to explore HIV evolution. (

Chimpanzee sub-species analysis by geographical region and molecular sequence data.

Because chimpanzee’s are a threatened species and their habitat is rapidly being destroyed it is important for scientists to know as much as possible about the genetic relationships between both the wild and captive populations. Developing a conservation strategy requires careful consideration of when chimps should be brought to captive breeding facilities and with whom they should be mated. This data set includes sequences from 64 chimpanzees. (

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