Navigation Links
Beyond Mendel
Date:12/20/2013

o something unique and meaningful," Ortega said. "They really went after it."

Not only did Bellino and Harris craft a yearlong curriculum--one that spurs students to make their own research questions, experiment and read scientific literature--they also secured funding to build a molecular lab in their Manhattan school.

Many schools send students into professional science labs, but the extra time and resources it requires means those students are often from private or top-tier public schools, Harris said.

Instead, he and Bellino wondered what would happed if they could build a lab within the school and bring the scientists to the students in a safe environment, where students could work every day at their own pace.

DNA barcoding, a relatively recent innovation, uses a fragment of DNA from a standard part of the genome to identify species. The DNA clip is short enough to be sequenced quickly, yet long enough to tease out variations among species. Barcoding is an apt term, since the process is similar to scanning a UPC code at the grocery. It distinguishes your pears from your potato chips, and your salt and vinegar potato chips from your barbeque ones.

From the beginning, the Barcoding Project was designed to be "very inquiry based and driven by student interest," Bellino said. Placing onus on the students--what do you want to study?--gave them ownership of the science. "A lot of responsibility was on them and their ability to ask the questions and come up with the design."

Students explored biodiversity in Manhattan parks. One became passionate about beetles, collecting them, learning their taxonomy. Another installed beehives on the school's roof to study colony collapse disorder. She monitored the bees, searched for viruses in their RNA, and received a full scholarship to continue her work at Cornell University.

All of the student research is uploaded onto The Barcode of Life Data Systems, an online
'/>"/>

Contact: Jessica Arriens
jarriens@nsf.gov
703-292-2243
National Science Foundation
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2 3 4

Related biology news :

1. Beyond the microscope: Identifying specific cancers using molecular analysis
2. Beyond base pairs: Mapping the functional genome
3. Beyond the Genome
4. Greater effort needed to move local, fresh foods beyond privileged consumers
5. From Mediterranean coasts to Tatra Mountains and beyond: Plant chromosome number variation
6. FASEB SRC announces conference: Renal Hemodynamics: Integrating with the Nephron & Beyond
7. Beyond the little blue pill: scientists develop compound that may treat priapism
8. Defying the laws of Mendelian inheritance
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Beyond Mendel
(Date:7/11/2014)... Recent evidence has demonstrated that transplantation of mesenchymal stem ... rat or mouse models of Alzheimer,s disease (AD) and ... cerebral ischemia. Few studies are reported on the therapeutic ... with AD and on the effect on oxidative injury ... Yufang Yan and her team, School of Life Sciences, ...
(Date:7/11/2014)... 1 can inhibit voltage-gated calcium channel, decrease ... However, some scholars demonstrated that cannabinoid receptor ... and increase neurotransmitter release. Dr. Yi Zhang ... Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science ... and calcium imaging in cultured trigeminal ganglion ...
(Date:7/11/2014)... Rio de Janeiro, Brazil- In the brains of ... mechanism that allows an electric or chemical signal ... another. Chemical synapses, which are the most abundant ... inhibitory. Synapse formation is crucial for learning, memory, ... and inhibitory synapses critical for brain function. ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Blame it on the astrocytes 2
... Nov. 14, 2013  Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE MKT: INO) ... J. Joseph Kim , has been selected to receive ... from the Korean American Society in Biotech and Pharmaceuticals ... of drug discovery and development through collaborations and information ...
... which fills in a significant gap in the fossil record ... today. A skull from the new species, named Panthera ... Jack Tseng a PhD student at the USC Dornsife College ... and now a postdoctoral fellow at the American Museum of Natural ...
... UC San Diego and their colleagues are unraveling the ... dazzling bioluminescent display in the form of puffs of ... world in muddy environments, from shallow bays to deeper ... marine wormcommonly known as the "parchment tube worm" due ...
Cached Biology News:Inovio Pharmaceuticals CEO Receives 2013 Drug Discovery & Achievement Award 2Inovio Pharmaceuticals CEO Receives 2013 Drug Discovery & Achievement Award 3Inovio Pharmaceuticals CEO Receives 2013 Drug Discovery & Achievement Award 4Inovio Pharmaceuticals CEO Receives 2013 Drug Discovery & Achievement Award 5Fossil of new big cat species discovered; oldest ever found 2Nature's glowing slime: Scientists peek into hidden sea worm's light 2Nature's glowing slime: Scientists peek into hidden sea worm's light 3
(Date:7/10/2014)... -- Kainos Capital, a firm specializing in acquiring and managing ... acquired the Slim-Fast brand from Unilever. Unilever will retain ... transaction were not disclosed. Slim-Fast is a ... ready-to-drink shakes, powders, bars and snacks to retail customers ... the United Kingdom and Ireland.  ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... , July 10, 2014 Research and ... of the "International Photonic Integrated Circuit (Monolithic ... to 2019" report to their offering. ... The concept of photonic integration traces its roots ... The promise of photonic integration went unexplored and ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... -- According to the International Atomic Energy Agency ... from terrorists acquiring sufficient quantities of plutonium or ... nuclear explosive device. The IAEA also notes that ... gram-level quantities, which can be challenging to detect ... new study appearing this week in the ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... 17, 2014 Using microscopic polymer light resonators ... researchers at MIT,s Quantum Photonics Laboratory have developed ... the parts-per-billion range. Optical sensors are ideal for ... signal-to-noise ratio, compact, lightweight nature, and immunity to ... had been developed before, the MIT team conceived ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Kainos Capital Acquires Slim-Fast From Unilever 2International Photonic Integrated Circuit (Monolithic Integration, Hybrid Integration, Module Integration) Market - Forecasts to 2019 2Sensitive detection method may help impede illicit nuclear trafficking 2Swell new sensors 2
... /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - AEterna Zentaris Inc.,(NASDAQ: AEZS , ... therapy and oncology, will announce its second quarter ... Tuesday, August 12,2008. The Company will host a ... that same day at 4:30 p.m., Eastern Time., ...
... BOSTON and BEECH ISLAND, S.C., Aug. 6 ... will invest up to $60 million in ... into a,value-added high-nitrogen fertilizer product capable of ... will fund the,construction of multiple biosolids-to-fertilizer manufacturing ...
... VANCOUVER, Aug. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Ondine Biopharma ... company developing,photodisinfection-based products, today announced that its ... to present at the 28th Annual,Canaccord Adams ... in,Boston, on Tuesday August 12th, 2008 at ...
Cached Biology Technology:Denham Capital to Invest $60 Million in VitAG, Recycler of Municipal Biosolids 2Ondine to Present at Canaccord Adams 28th Annual Global Growth Conference 2
... protein assay reagents package is used for determining ... and detergents. The RC DC protein assay is ... for 500 standard assays: 250 ml RC reagent ... alkaline copper tartrate solution, 2 L dilute Folin ...
... SureLINK Bioconjugation Kit provides a powerful ... carbohydrates and nuceleic acids. The kit provides ... with reagents for quantifying conjugation efficiencies. It ... fluorophores, biotin and other tags with a ...
...
MAb to HLA, Class II-DR+DP Dry Ice: No Preservative: NaN3 Availability When Not in Inventory: 14-21 Business Days...
Biology Products: