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Enhancing Biology Teaching Using Biological Databases

EMBL-EBI Hinxton, 8 - 10 March 2010

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Monday, 8 March 2010

Different types of biological data: genes, proteins and databases 

13:00-13:30 Registration
13:30-13:45 Welcome and Introduction
13:45-15:00 Icebreaker activity - An introduction to bioinformatics
15:00-15:30 Coffee/tea break
15:30-16:15 Presentation: A tour of EMBL-EBI databases and resources
16:15-17:30 Activity: Exploring genomes – a treasure hunt on the Internet
17:45 Buses depart for hotel in Cambridge
 
Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Comparing organisms: from Darwin to databases 

09:00 - 10:15 Presentation: Introduction to species comparison
10:15-11:00 Activity: DNA to Darwin Part 1
11:00-11:30  Coffee/tea break 
11:30-12:30  Activity: DNA to Darwin Part 2
 12:30-13:30 Lunch
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch Break
13.30 - 15:00 Activity: Introduction to protein sequence and structure evolution Part 1
15:00-15:30 Coffee/tea break
 15:30-16:30 Activity: Introduction to protein sequence and structure evolution Part 2 
 17:00 Buses depart for Cambridge, Christ’s College tour and dinner
 
Wednesday, 10 March 2010
Differences within species: why are we different? 
09:30-10:15 Presentation: SNPs and human variation
10:15-11:30 Activity: Comparison of human SNPs
 11:30-14:15 Split group sessions: coffee/tea break; roundtable discussion of use of teaching resources; tour of Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute sequencing centre 
 14:15-14:30 Feed back roundtable discussions to whole group
 14:30-15:15 Presentation: Copy number variation 
15:15-15:45 Coffee/tea break
15:45-17:15 Activity: Genetic variation and disease
17:15-17:30 Course evaluation
17:45 Buses depart for Cambridge central rail station and hotel