Courses on recombinant DNA technology

Mon Jan 11 14:56:46 EST 1999

Indiana University Offers
Recombinant DNA Laboratory Courses

During the summer of 1999, Indiana University's Department of Biology, in
cooperation with the I.U. Division of Continuing Studies, will offer two
week-long laboratory courses focusing on the techniques and procedures used
in recombinant DNA research and their application.  Participants also have
the opportunity to work with a DNA sample of their own research organism,
if they choose.  Both courses will be taught on the Indiana University
campus in Bloomington.

Recombinant DNA Technology

The first course, "Recombinant DNA Technology," will introduce participants
to procedures involved in recombinant DNA work and to the molecular aspects
of genetic engineering.  Most of the procedures that are taught to biology
graduate students in the recombinant DNA section of a graduate techniques
course at Indiana University will be covered.  Participants can make
arrangements to isolate genomic DNA from their own research organisms
during the course.

The following techniques will be included:

Participants in this course learn the following techniques:
o	DNA and cloning vector preparation
o	Preparation of recombinant DNA
o	Transformation of bacterial cells
o	Transformation of yeast cells
o	Selection and assay of cloned and amplified fragments of "foreign"  DNA
o	Analysis of signal transducing pathway using yeast two hybrid system
o	PCR technology
o	Southern blot analysis
o	Preparation of nonradioactive DNA probes
o	Use of web sites in research and teaching

"Recombinant DNA Technology" is designed for those with a basic
understanding of the structure of DNA and elemental genetics and with a
minimal understanding of enzymes and biochemistry.

The course is scheduled for June 13-18, 1999.  Registration deadline is May 14.

Application of Recombinant DNA Technology:
RFLP and Fingerprinting Analysis,
RAPD Analysis, and DNA Sequencing

This course will provide participants with the opportunity to learn about
the materials and techniques used in recombinant DNA research. Participants
may bring a DNA sample to sequence during the course.

This course will emphasize the following techniques:

o	RAPD analysis of genomic DNA
o	Fingerprinting and RFLP analysis of genomic DNA
o	Chemiluminescent detection of nucleic acids
o	Electroporation of bacterial cells
o	DNA sequencing
o	Preparation of random fragment sequencing libraries and
double-stranded 	DNA for sequencing
o	Use of the BioNeb cell and biopolymer disruption system
o	DNA sequencing using an automatic  DNA sequencer
o	Application of computers to DNA sequencing data analysis
o	Use of web sites for molecular biology

The course is designed for people with a basic understanding of the
structure of DNA and a minimal understanding of enzymes and biochemistry.
Previous experience with PCR analysis, RFLP analysis, and DNA sequencing is
not necessary

This course is scheduled for June 20-25, 1999.   Registration deadline is
May 14.

The instructor for both courses is Dr. Stefan J. Surzycki, associate
professor of biology at Indiana University.

The registration fee for each course is $890.00. The fee for those
enrolling in both courses is $1,600.00. The fees include all instruction,
laboratory supplies, use of equipment, and lab manuals.

For additional information, contact Jane Clay, Bloomington Division of
Continuing Studies, Indiana University, Owen Hall 204, Bloomington,  IN
47405,  phone (812) 855-6329.
Internet: JClay at

Jane Clay
Division of Continuing Studies
Owen Hall 204
Indiana University
Bloomington Indiana 47405
(812) 855-6329

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