Coding in the Classroom: Reading the Genome with Raspberry Pi
What is a genome? How do scientists ‘read it’ and how do we use it to learn about our evolutionary history and human disease?
In Code Breaking: Reading the genetic code with Raspberry Pi, London based scientists have developed a teaching module which allows teachers and students to give a go at decoding bits of the human genome by using the Raspberry Pi computer. They write a program in python which allows them to ‘read’ DNA sequence similarly to reading the alphabet three letters at a time. They then use this program to search for cancer mutations, thus highlighting the importance of computation in modern biomedical research.
“The new computing science curriculum wants students to program and create flow charts on real life situations and this project fits in very well. I would have loved to have had students’ actual final code-work annotated and put into their folders as part of the curriculum” said an IT teacher in London’s Maria Fidelis School.
To learn more about the project, follow this link and please feel free to share ideas or your interest in getting involved.