This project was prepared as part of a BioQUEST faculty development workshop entitled ASM/BioQUEST Bioinformatics Institute at American Society for Microbiology in March 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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Fat chickens, fat people, fat chance?
Authors          Audiences          Overview           Materials          Resources           Future Directions



Florence Okafor
Alabama A&M University

Catherine Dinitra White
North Carolina A&T State University

Mary Allen
Wellesley College

Lori Bergeron
Ripon College


Possible Audiences:

Non majors and majors courses in genetics, microbiology, virology, infectious diseases.  


Brief Overview:

This is a project that can be conducted by students without a wet lab using online available adenovirus sequences and tree building. In addition, this problem space may be a wet lab project that involves students using PCR, cloning and sequencing analysis.  


Project Materials:

Computers only Or primers, PCR, cloning vectors, sequencing  


Resources and References:

Please see powerpoint last slide  


Future Directions:

We will keep you updated  



- Adenovirus.ppt