Dr. Justin R. DiAngelo (Penn State Berks) and Dr. Alexis Nagengast (Widener University) have developed an exercise that introduces students to the basic functionality of the NCBI web site and NCBI BLAST. Students will use NCBI BLAST to identify the putative orthologs of the human Leptin gene in other species.
Dr. Justin R. DiAngelo (Penn State Berks) has developed an exercise that takes students through a series of steps to annotate a gene in a Drosophila biarmipes contig. Students will construct a gene model using gene predictions, BLASTX searches, and the GEP UCSC Genome Browser mirror. Students will then verify their final gene model using the Gene Model Checker.