2022-2023 Catalog 
    Nov 29, 2023  
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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BIO 359: Genomics Research: Bacteriophage as a Model System

2 credits

This course is being taught in partnership with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science Education Alliance (HHMI SEA) Phages Program. Students use current computer and laboratory tools of biology to evaluate genetic diversity using bacteriophages as a model system. Knowledge gained in bioinformatics, comparative genomics, and molecular biology lab techniques is applicable to the study of other organisms. As a key component of the course, students work as a research team to analyze the complete genome of a mycobacteriophage isolated by students in the Bio 100 class in the previous semester. Students submit the fully annotated phage genome sequence to an international DNA database called the GenBank repository. Students also work in pairs on research projects related to phage biology. One student is selected to represent UMFK by presenting the class results at the HHMI SEA symposium in Virginia in June. Offered Spring.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 100 , BIO 220 , or permission of instructor.
Co-requisite(s): None.

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