A course-based undergraduate research experience investigating the consequences of nonconserved mutations in lactate dehydrogenase
Beck, Moriah R.
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Ayella, Allan; Beck, Moriah R. 2018. A course-based undergraduate research experience investigating the consequences of nonconserved mutations in lactate dehydrogenase. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, vol. 46:no..3:pp 285-296
There is a growing movement to involve undergraduate students in authentic research experiences. A variety of studies have indicated the strength of this approach in developing scientific aptitude, confidence, critical thinking skills, and increasing the likelihood to become career scientists. Course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) foster opportunities for students to carry out authentic research at both primarily undergraduate and large research institutions. Here, we describe a novel CURE-based biochemistry laboratory course to explore the consequences of mutagenesis of non-conserved amino acid sites in the structure and function of the lactate dehydrogenase enzyme and demonstrate how collaborations between institutions can facilitate real research experiences at any type of institution.
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