The University of Massachusetts Amherst
 

Genetics, Genomics & Evolution

Date: July 7 - July 20, 2019

How does your DNA relate to how you look, act, and function? How does your dog’s DNA relate to its appearance and behavior? Is the gene for red hair similar in distantly related species? How do we identify significant differences in genetic sequences between individuals? These are just some of the questions we will try to answer in the Genetics, Genomics, and Evolution Summer College program.

We will start off with some basic background information about DNA and genetics, and introduce you to some of the fundamental techniques used to analyze DNA such as micropipetting, DNA isolation and quantification, PCR, gel electrophoresis, and restriction enzyme digestion. We will also learn to use bioinformatics to build evolutionary trees from DNA sequences. To get the most out of this course it is recommended that you have completed at least one high school biology course.

You will:

  • Get introduced introduce to some of the fundamental techniques used to analyze DNA such as micropipetting, DNA isolation and quantification, PCR, gel electrophoresis, and restriction enzyme digestion.
  • learn to use bioinformatics to build evolutionary trees from DNA sequences
  • work extensively with two model organisms, yeast and dogs. 
  • use UV light to mutate yeast cells, and then use something called complementation analysis to try and figure out which gene(s) was(were) mutated
  • work with dog DNA to study various aspects of a dog’s appearance and/or behavior. You may contribute a sample of YOUR DOG’S DNA for analysis if you so desire. 

To get the most out of this course it is recommended that you have completed at least one high school biology course.

Please join us for two weeks of fun and exploration of Genes, Genomes, and the inter-relatedness of life on Earth.

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Faculty

Dr. Kari Loomis

Lecturer