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June 8th 2011

In Groningen a teacher training in bioinformatics for high school teachers was held on the 8th of June 2011. Six enthusiastic teachers and four high school students came to HANZEhogeschool for a full day of bioinformatics.

The morning was reserved for an in-depth-presentation of Dr. Michiel Noback. He told about his research in metagenomics and the relevance of this complex field for the analysis of biogases. Then Hienke Sminia clarified a research project of Hanka Venselaar about 3D-dectin, and guided the teachers through the world of BLAST and making phylogenetic trees.

In the afternoon, the teachers were able to practice with the NaviGene to get a grip on the wide range of bioinformatics tools and software. The participants were helped by two Hanze bioinformatics students. Both teachers and students were enthusiastic on the feasible possibilities that bioinformatics gives them to explore genomes and proteins. Some teachers made a start on developing their own educational module for use in the classroom.

 

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