Biotech Basics

Biotech Basics is an ongoing series developed by Dr. Neil Lamb, director of educational outreach for the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. Each lesson is designed to help each of us understand biotechnology basics and the tools and technologies that improve quality of life.

Diabetes

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Spring 2012
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Genome Sequencing to Uncover Disease

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Fall 2011

Stem Cells

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Summer 2011
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Psychiatric Disorders

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Spring 2011
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2010: end-of-year review

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Winter 2010-11
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This Biotech Basics is an assembly of the most important findings of 2010. These findings were originally published in the Biotechnology Discoveries and Applications guidebook, an easy-to-use resource that keeps life science educators and their students on the cutting edge. Research highlights in this article are culled from the eight-page New Findings section of the guidebook, summarizing major discoveries from the past twelve months. For links to more information about each new finding, visit the guidebook online (see link at end of article).

Metabolomics

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Fall 2010
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Synthetic biology - merging engineering and biology

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Summer 2010
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Unlocking the Disorders of the Mind

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Spring 2010
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Telomeres - the aglets of the genomic world

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Winter 2009-10
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  • DNA is organized into small structures known as chromosomes. At the ends of each chromosome are repeating sequences of DNA known as telomeres.

The Genetics of Eye Color

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Fall 2009
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Countless students have been taught that a single gene controls eye color, with the allele for brown eyes being dominant over blue. Scientists now realize such a model is overly simplistic and incorrect.