This project was prepared as part of a BioQUEST faculty development workshop entitled BioQUEST Summer Workshop 2006: Exploring Complex Data Sets at Beloit College in June 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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Brief Overview:

Amino acid sequence data for hedgehog, sonic hedgehog, desert hedgehog and indian hedgehog were used to build a gene tree.  


Project Materials:

Biology Workbench  


Resources and References: Center for Biotechnology Information Workbench at San Diego Super Computing Center
Shimeld, 1999, Dev. Genes Evol. 209(1): 40-47
Kumar, et al. 1996, Genetics 142: 965-972  


Future Directions:

Continue to expand and modify for classroom use.