This project was prepared as part of a BioQUEST faculty development workshop entitled BioQUEST 2004 Summer Workshop for Undergraduate Faculty: Systems Biology at Beloit College in June 2004. 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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Laura Salem
Rockhurst University

Paul Mayes
Eastern Iowa Community College

Jacinta Duncan
The Gene Technology Access Centre

Barry Hennig
Massey University, Palmerston North Campus


Possible Audiences:

High School Biology Students College Students in General Biology, Microbiology, Genetics Community Health Professionals  


Brief Overview:

Students explore the disease caused by the influenza virus, the need for vaccination across various groups of the population, and why the need for yearly vaccinations. Viral gene change and function is a primary concept in this exercise.  


Project Materials:

Basic Information on the Influenza Virus
Structure of the Influenza Virus
Maps of distribution of infections
Bindiing sites for Hemaglutinin(HA) protein
Downloaded sequence of Influenza database from ISB
Selected sequences from humans, pigs and birds, annotated to contain the Receptor Binding Site portion of the HA gene

Infuenza Power Point  


Resources and References:

Influenza Model Using NetLogo  



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