Students at San Diego State University are getting a unique experience: they are participating in a course with the goal of sequencing the genome of the California sea lion, Zalophus californianus, which is estimated to be almost as large as a human's. The class, which is being taught by Elizabeth Dinsdale, will give the students a chance to use Roche's Genome Sequencer FLX System and to do work that would normally be sent out for sequencing. "Students go from DNA extraction all the way through to preparing the libraries, amplifying the DNA, to actually running the machine.

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