Keeping an Eye on Biology

TitleKeeping an Eye on Biology
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsSinger, Susan R., Schwarz Jodi A., Manduca Cathryn A., Fox Sean P., Iverson Ellen R., Taylor Benjamin J., Cannon Steven B., May Gregory D., Maki Sonja L., Farmer Andrew D., and Doyle Jeffrey J.
Start Page408
Date Published01/2013
Type of ArticleEssays on Science and Society
Keywordseducation, genomics
AbstractGenomic data sets offer opportunities for students to generate original findings without expensive laboratory equipment, extending the benefits of undergraduate research to the classroom (1–4). Yet, working with data sets online can frustrate biology students who may miss connections to fascinating biological questions. Integrating organismal and molecular biology with bioinformatics can enhance student learning. We have developed a program in genomics, adapted for a plant (Chamaecrista fasciculata) and an animal (Aiptasia pallida), designed to support student learning with a Web-based guide ( (see the first chart).