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The Cow Diversity Project: introducing undergraduates to molecular population genetics

This is a multi-week laboratory exercise that involves sequencing a pair of mitochondrial genes in cows. Using data from several samples, students calculate diversity (variation within species) and divergence (variation between species). The exercise reinforces principles in molecular genetics (DNA purification, PCR, etc.) and introduces principles in molecular population genetics. We provide an overview of the project, detailed notes for instructors, and the handout we currently use.
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General Biology Core Concepts
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General Biology Competencies
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Keywords divergence, diversity, DNA sequencing
Key taxa Bos taurus, Bison bison
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Pedagogical Use Description This exercise requires numerous molecular biology methods, ultimately leading students to quantitative analysis of DNA sequence variation
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Full Name of Primary Author Richard Kliman
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Primary Author Affiliation Cedar Crest College
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Secondary Author Name(s) Andre Walther, Debra Walther
Secondary Author Affiliation(s) Cedar Crest College, Muhlenberg College
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  • Richkliman
Submitter Name Richard Kliman
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Rights Richard Kliman
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Drought and Water Ecosystem Services Collection Off
Conservation Targets Under Global Change Collection Off
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Editors Choice No
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Date Of Record Submission 2016-05-21
I Agree to EcoEdDL's Copyright Policy & Terms of Use No
Date Of Record Release 2016-06-14 09:41:43
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  • tmourad
Date Last Modified 2016-06-30 12:57:16
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