Discovering Biology in a Digital World's Sandra Porter blogs about an undergraduate genomics course given by two professors at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. They will have their students clone a previously uncharacterized GAPDH (Glyceraldehyde 3-Phosphate Dehydrogenase) gene from plants, and then sequence their clone for bioinformatic analysis and publication.

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