inGENEious DNA – Can DNA solve our data storage crisis?

DNA-molecules store the information necessary to build and sustain living organisms, they are the molecules of heredity and provide the molecular basis for the evolution of species. The molecular structure of DNA and its physicochemical properties are wonderfully suited to accomplish these functions. Insofar DNA is an inGENEious molecule worthwhile to study and understand.

In this series of online exercises „inGENEious DNA“ we will highlight some aspects of DNA and its properties which are relevant to our everyday life. In each course we will tell you a fascinating DNA-story and we will provide you with the DNA-basics necessary to understand and discuss this story.

In part one of this series „Can DNA solve our data storage crisis“ we will start with a rather technological discussion concerning the intersection between computer technology and molecular biology. To this end we will delve into the basic principles of information storage in both worlds.

Course overview

  • Anbieter*innen: Dr. Heiner Busch, Dr. Arman Vinck, Prof. Dr. Benedikt Kost
  • Anbietende Hochschule: Uni Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)
  • Kurssprache: Englisch
  • Wissensgebiet: Naturwissenschaften

What you can learn at this course?

The participants …

… realize the wonderful correlation between structure and function of the DNA-molecule.

… know a selection of molecular techniques available to manipulate and analyze DNA.

… are able to research and evaluate opportunities and threads of these techniques.

… understand the role of DNA in the evolution of species.

… understand the necessity of high throughput DNA-sequencing projects.

More detailed Learning objectives:

The participants …

… are able to explain the basic structural features of DNA.

… understand the function of DNA in inheritance and evolution.

… know the function of DNA as template for protein synthesis.

… know about the molecular techniques to synthesize, manipulate, sequence and analyze DNA, without completely understanding the biochemical and biophysical foundations.

… know about the cellular activities that involve DNA, such as replication and transcription.

… know about the cellular functions that lead to inheritance and mutations.

Learning goals in competencies

The participants …

… use selected websites and other online resources in order to achieve the above mentioned goals.

… establish a personal learning network of valuable and proven learning resources.