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ERIC Number: EJ853677
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1536-7509
Evolving Strategies for the Incorporation of Bioinformatics within the Undergraduate Cell Biology Curriculum
Honts, Jerry E.
Cell Biology Education, v2 n4 p233-247 Win 2003
Recent advances in genomics and structural biology have resulted in an unprecedented increase in biological data available from Internet-accessible databases. In order to help students effectively use this vast repository of information, undergraduate biology students at Drake University were introduced to bioinformatics software and databases in three courses, beginning with an introductory course in cell biology. The exercises and projects that were used to help students develop literacy in bioinformatics are described. In a recently offered course in bioinformatics, students developed their own simple sequence analysis tool using the Perl programming language. These experiences are described from the point of view of the instructor as well as the students. A preliminary assessment has been made of the degree to which students had developed a working knowledge of bioinformatics concepts and methods. Finally, some conclusions have been drawn from these courses that may be helpful to instructors wishing to introduce bioinformatics within the undergraduate biology curriculum. (Contains 7 tables and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A