The Microbial Genome Annotation Network (MGAN) provides authentic and inexpensive research opportunities in microbial genome analysis (Figure 1). It is geared toward high school and undergraduate students.
MGAN acts in collaboration with several groups and curators:
- the Genomics Education National Initiative (GENI) project,
- Dr. Cheryl Kerfeld (University of California, Berkley, CA)
- Dr. Brad Goodner (Hiram College, OH)
- the Openmods system of Dr. Roy Welch (Syracuse University, NY), and
- the National Science Foundation
The available technology includes:
- an online toolkit that consolidates publicly available bioinformatics tools into a single platform (click here for a list), and
- online collaboration tools and wet-lab resources (e.g., bacterial strains, primers and plasmids) for functional genomics studies.
Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Stephen Koury from the University of Buffalo, there's a great lab manual that goes along with the GENI-ACT tools.
You are free to download and copy this for use with your students.
The link below give you access.