Genome annotation in a community college cell biology lab


Address for correspondence to: C. Timothy Beagley, Department of Biology, Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, Utah. E-mail:


The Biology Department at Salt Lake Community College has used the IMG-ACT toolbox to introduce a genome mapping and annotation exercise into the laboratory portion of its Cell Biology course. This project provides students with an authentic inquiry-based learning experience while introducing them to computational biology and contemporary learning skills. Additionally, the project strengthens student understanding of the scientific method and contributes to student learning gains in curricular objectives centered around basic molecular biology, specifically, the Central Dogma. Importantly, inclusion of this project in the laboratory course provides students with a positive learning environment and allows for the use of cooperative learning strategies to increase overall student success. © 2012 by The International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 41(1):44–49, 2013