DNA Subway: Genomics, DNA Barcoding, and RNA-Seq Made Easy for the Undergraduate Classroom

This workshop introduces DNA Subway (dnasubway.iplantcollaborative.org), an educational bioinformatics platform developed by the NSF-sponsored iPlant Collaborative. DNA Subway bundles research-grade bioinformatics tools and databases into intuitive workflows - presenting them in an appealing interface modeled on the metaphor of a subway map. “Riding” on different DNA Subway lines, students can predict and annotate genes in up to 150 kb of DNA (Red Line), identify homologs in sequenced genomes (Yellow Line), analyze DNA barcodes and construct phylogenetic trees (Blue Line), and analyze RNA-Seq datasets (Green Line). With support for plant and animal genomes, DNA Subway engages students in their own learning by bringing to life key concepts of gene structure and function, genome organization and complexity, and evolutionary biology. An integrated experiment on DNA Barcoding illustrates the modern synthesis of in vitro biochemistry with in silico bioinformatics, and provides an opportunity to merge molecular genetics with ecology and conservation biology. Presenters from a variety of undergraduate institutions will show how they are using DNA Subway to support novel, course-based and independent student research.
Date: Saturday, January 10, 2015
Time: 10:30 AM-12:40 PM
Room: California
Dave Micklos
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