With rapid advances in DNA sequencing technologies molecular data is becoming more and more relevant to many fields of modern science. This course will provide students with an introduction to basic molecular procedures including genomic DNA extraction, PCR amplification and purification, DNA sequencing and sequence analysis with a variety of bioinformatic tools.
As an exercise we will collect a variety of invertebrates from local Göttingen habitats, and we will sequence a so called "DNA barcode"gene from each of these. In theorey this barcode has the potential to uniquely identify every species on the planet. In this course we will test that theorey.