Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Transformation Through Innovation Grant-Bowie Institute for Bioinformatics and Statistics (BIBS)

The IB Biology students and the AP Biology students have been learning real world biotechnological techniques in preparation for the ultimate goal of extracting, isolating and discovering a novel DNA sequence for the GAPDH gene. They have been learning how to use the BLAST tool from NCBI to find and compare DNA sequences.

The AP Biology students have been learning about transformations and learning techniques for DNA extraction  as well as using restriction enzymes to cut DNA and then running gel electrophoresis on the products.

Teachers have started the process of educating the students on the tools they need as well as having the students set up their own ways of tracking their understanding. The students have decided to use various online collaborative resources as a way of letting the world know about the project. The students are recording vlogs (video blogs) to share their findings.

Thank you to Mr. Watkins, Bowie High School Science teacher for co-authoring this blog.

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