Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A Science Research Presentation You Missed

These students were due to present at Professional Development Day some research that they did last semester. The presentation was canceled due to a weather delay. But Billy Dye was kind enough to share this with us:

As part of an independent study/research program during the fall semester 2016, students learned to analyze DNA sequences and annotate the functions of unknown genes into the genome database.  Students used the Microbial Genome Annotation Network (MGAN) to access the genome of a prokaryote called Acidianus hospitalis.  The students used several online bioinformatics tools to identify the functions of unknown genes and then update the genome database with their findings.  Near the end of the semester, as two groups, the students presented posters of their work at the Tennessee Academy of Science Meeting held at Austin Peay on November 19.  Some of the students received college credit under BIOL276T and some did it only for the experience and learning opportunity.

The students were (from left to right in the photo) Keri Buttrey, Braxton Dawson, Melissa Ortiz, Ariana Whitley, Katelyn Armstrong, Megan Gardner, and Steven Wall (not pictured).

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