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Should we synthesize a human genome?

Two articles introducing the Human Genome Project-Write and asking questions about the ethics of the project.

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Lisa Scheifele onto Ethics in synthetic biology

Ethics in synthetic genomics

This is an ethical reflection for students on an issue in genome engineering and the synthesis of potentially infectious viruses.  The case study asks students to reflect on material in this article. Also included is the grading rubric.

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Lisa Scheifele onto Ethics in synthetic biology

Ethics of Metabolic engineering

This is an ethical reflection for students on an issue in metabolic engineering and the potential for "home-brew" morphine.  The case study asks students to reflect on material in this article. Also included is the grading rubric.

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Lisa Scheifele onto Ethics in synthetic biology

Ethics of Gene Editing

This is an ethical reflection for students on an issue in gene editing.  The case study asks students to reflect on material in these two articles. Also included is the grading rubric.

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Lisa Scheifele onto Ethics in synthetic biology

Loyola University Maryland BL322 course

This is a syllabus for a full semester Synthetic Biology course.

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Resources for Open Education

Some Useful links for Open Education curated by Karen Cangialosi

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Resources for Open Pedagogical Practices in Open Science

Spreadsheet of resources for open education curated by Karen Cangialosi Susan Whittemore

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BioSkills Guide

Nationally validated set of core competency learning outcomes. We are in the process of designing a user-friendly "brochure" and writing up the development process for publication. Links to both will be uploaded when available. While the Guide is still pre-publication, please include the following link when sharing: https://qubeshub.org/qubesresources/publications/1305/1.

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Alexa Clemmons onto BioSkills Learning Outcomes

BAG Network Overview

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Assessment

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Synthetic Yeast Assembly

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BAG Software

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Synthetic Biology Introduction

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Webinar: Digital Collections as a Tool for Increasing Diversity in our Community

Summary: Increasing user diversity is a key component of maintaining and expanding digital collections. Diverse users are more engaged, and engage in ways that are both novel and serendipitous - often creating uses for our data that the curators couldn't imagine. However, increasing our user base can also serve another goal - providing an entrance ramp for people who maintain views, locations, and life histories that are underrepresented in our ranks. Here my colleagues and I demonstrate how digital collections can help lower barriers to participation across multiple axes, including cost, location and disability status. Our goal in highlighting this is to show the broader impacts of our work, and how through helping people understand biological diversity we can help improve the diversity within our own community.

Presenter: Dr. Joshua Adam Drew from the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology, at Columbia University.

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Webinar: Digital Collections as a Tool for Increasing Diversity in our Community

Summary: Increasing user diversity is a key component of maintaining and expanding digital collections. Diverse users are more engaged, and engage in ways that are both novel and serendipitous - often creating uses for our data that the curators couldn't imagine. However, increasing our user base can also serve another goal - providing an entrance ramp for people who maintain views, locations, and life histories that are underrepresented in our ranks. Here my colleagues and I demonstrate how digital collections can help lower barriers to participation across multiple axes, including cost, location and disability status. Our goal in highlighting this is to show the broader impacts of our work, and how through helping people understand biological diversity we can help improve the diversity within our own community.

Presenter: Dr. Joshua Adam Drew from the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology, at Columbia University.

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Kristin Jenkins onto Data Science in Biology

BIOINFORMATICS: TEACHING BIOLOGY AS A DATA SCIENCE! Removing obstacles for Integrating Bioinformatics Into Biology Curriculum

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Bioinformatics core competencies for undergraduate life sciences education

Abstract:

Although bioinformatics is becoming increasingly central to research in the life sciences, bioinformatics skills and knowledge are not well integrated into undergraduate biology education. This curricular gap prevents biology students from harnessing the full potential of their education, limiting their career opportunities and slowing research innovation. To advance the integration of bioinformatics into life sciences education, a framework of core bioinformatics competencies is needed. To that end, we here report the results of a survey of biology faculty in the United States about teaching bioinformatics to undergraduate life scientists. Responses were received from 1,260 faculty representing institutions in all fifty states with a combined capacity to educate hundreds of thousands of students every year. Results indicate strong, widespread agreement that bioinformatics knowledge and skills are critical for undergraduate life scientists as well as considerable agreement about which skills are necessary. Perceptions of the importance of some skills varied with the respondent’s degree of training, time since degree earned, and/or the Carnegie Classification of the respondent’s institution. To assess which skills are currently being taught, we analyzed syllabi of courses with bioinformatics content submitted by survey respondents. Finally, we used the survey results, the analysis of the syllabi, and our collective research and teaching expertise to develop a set of bioinformatics core competencies for undergraduate biology students. These core competencies are intended to serve as a guide for institutions as they work to integrate bioinformatics into their life sciences curricula.

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DNA Sequencing and Genomic Analysis

Course resources from the Genomics Education Partnership

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Bringing Next-Generation Sequencing into the Classroom through a Comparison of Molecular Biology Techniques

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Whole Genome Sequencing in the Undergraduate Classroom: Outcomes and Lessons from a Pilot Course

Drew and Tripplett 

J Microbiol Biol Educ. 2008; 9(1): 3–11. 

Published online 2008 Dec 17. 

PMCID: PMC3577148

PMID: 23653818

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