This project was prepared as part of a BioQUEST faculty development workshop entitled ASM/BioQUEST Bioinformatics Institute at American Society for Microbiology in March 2008. 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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What's in a Genome?
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Lorraine Olendzenski
St. Lawrence University

Daniel Bond
University of Minnesota


Possible Audiences:

Undergraduate Microbiology Students  


Brief Overview:

A database of genome data, organized by functional categories, allows students to sort and discover organisms dedicating high numbers or percentages of their genome to particular functions.  


Project Materials:

Sortable Excel spreadsheet containing COG tables and links to relevant databases  



- COGactivityspecieslist.doc
- Genome_graphs.ppt
- Master_Genome_List2.xls