This project was prepared as part of a BioQUEST faculty development workshop entitled PEER Workshop: Using Bioinformatics in Biological Problem Solving at SCALE-IT, NIMBIOS in August 2009. 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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Slimming down with an inhibitor?
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Possible Audiences:

Anyone interested in seeing science debunking a gimmick.  


Brief Overview:

These days everyone is looking for an easy fix to some excess weight they are carrying around, and of course there are going to people taking advantage of them. There are many pills out there promising to melt inches off of one’s waist. One company out there is called Whole Health with a product called Phase 2 Starch Blockers. This pill contains the alpha-amylase inhibitor, phaseolamin, which is present in white kidney beans, and if you’re really serious about losing weight they have a product for $5 more that has chromium in it, which slows down sugar metabolism. We are looking at what science says about these weight loss pills and the structures of various alpha amylase inhibitor.  


Project Materials:

Reference and test data.  


Resources and References: splay&category_id=192&gclid=CLPDq6zrjpwCFQG7sgodD15qQQ  


Future Directions:

To find a proper solution to enhance the functionality of weight loss pills.