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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Taking the Bite (Byte?) out of Phylogeny
Authors          Audiences          Overview           Materials          Resources           Future Directions



Jennifer Galovich
College of Saint Benedict Saint John's University

Lucy Kluckhohn Jones
Santa Monica College

Holly Pinkart
Central Washington University


Possible Audiences:

Allied Health Students  


Brief Overview:

Students use bioinformatics tools to solve real problems about microbial diseases.  


Resources and References:

Biology Workbench NCBI GenBank is used to select a sequence to analyze. MMWR--Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report is used to select a disease.  


Future Directions:

Choose any number of questions to discover.  



- BothBytes5Mar06wrefsaddons.ppt