Using the Wolbachia bacterial symbiont to teach Inquiry-based science: A high school laboratory series


Journal Article

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.

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Cited Authors

  • Bordenstein, SR; Brothers, C; Wolfe, G; Bahr, M; Minckley, RL; Clark, ME; Wernegreen, JJ; Reznikoff, WS; Werren, JH

Published Date

  • October 1, 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 72 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 478 - 483

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-7685

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1525/abt.2010.72.8.3

Citation Source

  • Scopus