[Arabidopsis] genetics teaching

Diana Wolf via arab-gen%40net.bio.net (by dewolf from alaska.edu)
Thu Jan 16 15:41:16 EST 2014

I teach a sophomore level Genetics class (50 students) at the University of
Alaska, and am looking for a new project for my students, preferably using
Arabidopsis.  Our current project is far too canned, and I would like to
make labs more student driven

Do you have any project suggestions, or even better, course materials that
you would be willing to send me (ie handouts, etc)

Ideally, the project would

1) allow students to be involved in experimental design, but have some
guarantee of results they can write about at the end

2) involve next gen sequencing (I would love to do this but don't see how
we can afford it with a lab budget of ~$2000)

3) teach about a fundamental topic in genetics, such as finding genes and
identifying their function

4) not be too computer intensive (they hate computer labs - they all want
to do wet labs)

One possibility is to have students characterize EMS mutants, or T-DNA
mutants of genes with known or unknown function (maybe one of each)
similar to
(the author has kindly sent me his lab handouts)

Any suggestions will be appreciated

Diana Wolf                      phone:(907)474-5538
Associate Professor             fax:(907)474-7666
Institute of Arctic Biology
Dept. of Biology and Wildlife
311 Irving I
902 N Koyukuk Drive
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7000


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