Using the Wolbachia bacterial symbiont to teach Inquiry-based science: A high school laboratory series
Inquiry, discovery, and technology are key pillars in improving science education. We present an inquiry-based lab project using the worldwide symbiosis between the bacterium Wolbachia and invertebrates. This endeavor, called "Discover the Microbes Within! The Wolbachia Project," has the following goals: (1) involve students in grade 7 through college in a nationwide effort to collect new genetic information on Wolbachia; (2) provide curriculum, protocols, and training to enhance teachers' ability to lead students through the project; and (3) increase students' understanding of biodiversity, evolution, symbiosis, cell biology, molecular biology, and bioinformatics. © 2010 by National Association of Biology Teachers.
Bordenstein, SR; Brothers, C; Wolfe, G; Bahr, M; Minckley, RL; Clark, ME; Wernegreen, JJ; Reznikoff, WS; Werren, JH
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