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Molecular Systematics Course

Sue Hamilton sue.hamilton at totalise.co.uk
Thu Feb 6 14:43:24 EST 2003

The Centre for Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology at Heriot-Watt 
University, Edinburgh will be running its course in Molecular Systematics for 
Taxonomists again this March.  Attached is a pamphlet detailing the 
programme, costs and a booking form.  Please send completed forms and 
any further correspondance connected with the course directly to Dr. Paul 
Kingston, at P.F.Kingston at hw.ac.uk , the email address given in the flier.  
Also, please pass this information on to any of your colleagues who may also 
be interested in attending.   

Sue Hamilton
Marine Biologist
22 Bryce Crescent
Midlothian EH14 5LL
0131 449 6209


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24th - 26th March 2003

Recently advances in molecular genetics has opened new 
avenues of approach to traditional taxonomic studies 
based on anatomy and morphology and it is clear that 
the power of molecular systematics is being 
increasingly appreciated by zoologists and botanist 
working with marine flora and fauna.

This course is aimed at people who are engaged in 
taxonomic work but who are not familiar with 
techniques in molecular systematics. Participants need 
not have previous knowledge of the subject as the 
course will provide both a basic theoretical grounding 
together with instruction in practical techniques. 

The course is for anyone who needs to extend their 
taxonomic capability beyond traditional morphological 
and anatomical approaches. These include taxonomists 
working in:

* Museums 
* Water authorities
* Government Laboratories
* Consultancies and analytical laboratories
* Research Institutes
* Universities


Monday 24 th March:

9.00:	Arrival in the Department of Biological Sciences
9.15-9.30:		Welcome and group organisation
9.30-10.00:	Lecture 1: DNA structure and properties, 
methods of preparation.
 10.15-11.15:	Practical 1: Sample preparation
11.15-11.30	Coffee
11.30-11.45:	Lecture 2: Safety in the molecular 
biology laboratory
11.45-12.45	Lecture 3: PCR methodology
12.45-14.00:	Lunch
14.00-16.00:	Practical 2: DNA extraction and agarose 
gel electrophoresis
16.00-16.15	Refreshments
16.15-16.45:	Practical 3: DNA gel electro-phoresis, 
documentation, analysis and discussion
16.45-18.00:	Practical 4: PCR amplification of DNA 

Tuesday 25th  March:

9.30-10.00:	Practical 5: Gel preparation
10.00-10.15:	Practical 6: Sample preparation, loading 
gel and electrophoresis
10.15-10.30	Coffee
10.30-11.20:	Lecture 4: Sequencing methodology
11.30-12.30:	Lecture 5: Molecular systematics: 
12.30-14.00:	Lunch

14.00-15.00:	Lecture 6: Molecular systematics: strain 
15.00-16.00:	Practical 6: Photo documentation, 
sequencer, traces analysis (Part 1).
16.00-16.15:	Refreshments
16.15-17.00:	Practical 7: Photo documentation, 
sequencer, traces analysis (Part 2).

Wednesday 26th March:

9.15-10.30:	Bioinformatics session: 1: Analysis of 
searches, the Ribosomal RNA Database

10.30-10.45	Coffee

10.45-11.45:	Bioinformatics session 2: Participants' 
requests on specific organisms
11.45-12.30:	General discussion 

12.30-14.00:	Lunch and depart


Dr. Mark Dorris is a molecular biologist  with several 
years experience in molecular systematics including 
DNA analytical techniques such as PCR, SB, RSLP and 
DNA sequencing. He currently involved with several 
molecular taxonomic studies in the Centre for Marine 
Biodiversity and Biotechnology.

Dr. Philip Meaden is a molecular biologist with a 
particular interest in the development and analysis of 
industrial strains of yeast.  He has worked closely 
with the brewing industry in the application of DNA 
profiling to the characterisation of commercial yeast 

Dr Peter Morris is a plant physiologist by training 
and has spent the last 20 years working on various 
aspects of plant molecular biology, and has 
considerable 'hands-on' experience of DNA extraction, 
manipulation and analysis from both plants and marine 

Professor Fergus Priest is a microbiologist with a 
research interest in molecular systematics 
particularly of Gram-positive bacteria. His work spans 
the range from strain typing and population structures 
of bacterial species to the use of gene sequences to 
determine generic and species affiliations.




Dates:	Monday 24th March to Wednesday 26th March 2002

I require accommodation for:

23rd-25th March (3 nights)

24th-25th March (2 nights)


Participants may bring their own material for DNA 
analysis, subject to its suitability for class work.

Please return form by 10th March 2003 to:

Dr. P.F.Kingston
Centre for Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology
School of Life Sciences
Heriot-Watt University
Riccarton,  Edinburgh, EH14 4AS
Scotland, U.K.
Tel: +131 449 5111
Fax: +131 451 3009
Email: P.F.Kingston at hw.ac.uk

Costs: 	Tuition and bench fees £300.
Accommodation and meals for three nights £180
Additional nights (B&B only) £40/night

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