Simulation is increasingly used in biology to explore system relationships. This lab will gives students the opportunity to explore the regulation of bacterial gene expression through the use of both traditional biochemical lab techniques and modern computer simulations. While they incubate their bacteria, they use computer simulations to better understand how beta-galactosidase expression is regulated in E. coli. Thw dynamic model helps them make predictions as to the outcome of the experiment. There are computer simulations for different types of gene regulatory systems to explore and make predictions about how gene expression is controlled in each circumstance. Biology lessons were always cool - but they just got a whole lot cooler. Click on the image or headline to learn more.