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Keeping an Eye on Biology

Science  25 Jan 2013:
Vol. 339, Issue 6118, pp. 408-409
DOI: 10.1126/science.1229848

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Genomic data sets offer opportunities for students to generate original findings without expensive laboratory equipment, extending the benefits of undergraduate research to the classroom (14). Yet, working with data sets online can frustrate biology students who may miss connections to fascinating biological questions. Integrating organismal and molecular biology with bioinformatics can enhance student learning. We have developed a program in genomics, adapted for a plant (Chamaecrista fasciculata) and an animal (Aiptasia pallida), designed to support student learning with a Web-based guide (http://serc.carleton.edu/exploring_genomics/index.html) (see the first chart).