June 25, 2020

UGENE for teaching in genetic engineering

The cool project “Genetic Engineering at School”, inspired and materialized by biologists and bio-entrepreneurs from Novosibirsk Academgorodok, has recently prepared a series of webinars for Russian school folks and teachers. Using accessible language, a lot of visual images, photos and videos, experts share their skills how to construct artificial bacteria: what enzymes to find for cutting them, how to separate fragments, how to cross-link DNA fragments and how to increase their number. The web-training includes elements of real laboratory work (“wet” biology) and computer representation and modeling (bioinformatics). Here you can also learn how organize and conduct your own genetic engineering activities.
One of the lecturers remarked: “Now we live in a different time! Earlier, twenty years ago, good laboratories were spending years for executing a task which now a student can do by computer in 1-1.5 hours, and an experienced researcher in a few minutes.”
And we are pleased that our bioinformatics suite UGENE is involved in this initiative and served as a useful tool for webinars, helping to illustrate the main stages of the computer work of genetic engineers.
Our cooperation with GenEng project will continue. And we hope that the number of young people who are passionate about genetic engineering will grow both in Russia and all over the world.

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