This project was prepared as part of a BioQUEST faculty development workshop entitled Bioinformatics in Biology Education: Working with Sequence, Structure and Function at University of Vermont in April 2003. 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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Bioinformatics project in conservation genetics
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Todd Smith
Marlboro College


Possible Audiences:

Undergraduates studying conservation biology  


Brief Overview:

The goal of this project is to create a data set for students based on an article titled "Kin selection, social structure, gene flow, and the evolution of chimpanzees," by Morin et al. 1994. Students would develop hypotheses, manipulate the data set, and test their hypotheses using bioinformatics tools.  



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