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Molecular Biology, Genetics, and Bioinformatics Workshop w/ Dr. Peter Summers
"Genotypic variation on our dinner plate!"

Not all biological research is carried out on a lab bench or at a field site. In this workshop we will use a number of freely available online databases to explore the biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology of a food item we are likely all familiar with: sweet corn. You will be led through protein-related data that characterize the enzymes involved in regulating the sucrose and starch content of corn kernels. To understand the biology behind sweet corn, we will focus on one enzyme and the gene encoding this enzyme in order to learn how plants have naturally changed to produce a delectable alternative to field corn. We will use a variety of online tools and websites (eg. KEGG and NCBI) to first compare the gene and protein structure of this key enzyme in corn and then extend this survey to other plants and bacteria. While this workshop focuses on one enzyme and its associated gene, the tools and the websites we will use can be broadly applied to study other genes in different organisms.

May 30, 2021 09:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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