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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Is the Red Wolf Real?
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Joseph Russin
Lane Community College

Carl Stiefbold
U of Oregon

Pamela Pape-Lindstrom
Everett Community College


Possible Audiences:

Undergraduate biology majors  


Brief Overview:

Geneticists have examined both mtDNA and nuclear DNA of all three wolf species and some have proposed that the red wolf is not genetically distinct from either species. We explored the species concept and definition of hybrids. Can we use DNA sequence information to distinguish species? How does this relate to the Endangered Species Act?  



- Redwolf.ppt