This project was prepared as part of a BioQUEST faculty development workshop entitled Modeling in Bioinformatics at Lane Community College in October 2004. 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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Nitrogenase: Enzyme catalyzing N-fixation
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James Hearne
Western Washington University

Gail Baker
Lane Community College

Ron Swisher
Oregon Institute of Technology


Possible Audiences:

biochemistry and introductory biology, science major students  


Brief Overview:

Constructing a phylogenetic tree of the nitogen-fixation (Nif) gene in different species of N-fixing bacteria.  



- Nitrogenase.ppt