Summary

Learning technologies are used in the inquiry lesson Connecting DNA to Disease Using BLAST. In this activity, students use laptops to access an online program, called BLAST, which is used by biomedical researchers identify protein and DNA sequences by comparing them to large databases of known protein and DNA sequences. This activity is an authentic experience, which introduces the students to authentic bioinformatics technology. It also exposes them to biological sequence databases and the important role that they play in modern biomedicine. Modern biomedical research goes hand in hand with computation, we would be remiss as high school biology teachers to not introduce students to bioinformatics.

Quist and Holoweski - Genes and DNA Unit Design

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