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View Resource Molecular Movies: A Portal to Cell & Molecular Animation

The Scout Report is always on the lookout for new and compelling instructional materials in the sciences, and this new website of cell and molecular animations is a worthy find. The Molecular Movies site presents an organized directory of various animations, along with original tutorials for life science professionals who are learning 3D visualization techniques. These materials are divided into...

View Resource Bacterial Transformation Lab

This PDF, part of the classroom activities site by Biotechnology Education and Training Sequence Investment (BETSI), introduces the concept of recombinant DNA and a process called transformation. Here, instructors will find detailed lab instructions/diagrams that trace out the introduction of a recombinant plasmid into a foreign bacteria resulting in the "change of the bacteria's genetic make-up...

View Resource HaloLex

This web site provides access to the genome of Halobacterium salinarum. It is based on the genome sequencing in the Dept. Oesterhelt of the Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany. The data have been extensively compared to the genome sequence published by Ng et al. The site features four gates into the system: a search engine which permits searches for various types of...

View Resource An Evaluation of Genetically Modified Organisms

This module examines the production of genetically modified organisms as an environmental issue. Potential environmental impacts of genetically modified crops are emphasized, although human health concerns are also addressed. Our current state of knowledge and the viewpoints held by the various stakeholders are described in video and print resources. Students evaluate these viewpoints and...

View Resource Detect Genetically Modified Food

Genetically modified foods are often in the news and widely grown in the United States. Three US government agencies (USDA, FDA, and EPA) work to regulate the introduction and production of genetically modified foods. These crops can provide agricultural, ecological and nutritional benefits, but there are also potential risks to the environment and consumers. As consumers and public interest...

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