This course provides students with the opportunity to perform novel relevant research that can contribute to scientific knowledge. Students are guided through a research workflow identical to those performed in genomics laboratories worldwide. Over a multiple-week laboratory course, students combine traditional and cutting edge molecular biology techniques and bioinformatics to clone, sequence and analyze a housekeeping gene from a plant of choice, ensuring each class produces unique and novel data. A scientific poster presentation and formal laboratory report are required in lieu of a scheduled written final examination. Biotechnology Techniques and Application is a prerequisite for this course. (Semester, .50 credit)