Cheryl Kerfeld, a member of the Center’s Advisory Council and Head of the Education Program for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute in Walnut Creek, California, and her colleagues have successfully launched a national program to involve undergraduates in annotating hundreds of new bacterial genomes. Hiram has benefited greatly from our collaborations with… [Read More]
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Given the diversity of phage, each one is almost certain to be unique, so the students get to name their newly identified life form. They then spend the rest of the term purifying and characterizing their phage and extracting its DNA. Between terms, the purified DNA is sent to the Joint Genome Institute-Los Alamos National… [Read More]
The purified DNA from one virus was sent by each school to the Joint Genome Institute-Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico for sequencing. That resulting data allowed students to spend the second term using bioinformatics tools to analyze and annotate the DNA sequence and identify genes. Students compared their DNA sequence to that characterized… [Read More]