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So often, genetics worksheets focus on alleles and heredity. Here is one that focuses on the steps of the gene expression process. After reading a textbook chapter or listening to your lecture, AP biology buffs write short answers to questions about transcription in both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. A concluding set of questions explores RNA splicing and post-transcriptional control.
Covering the molecular interactions involved with DNA packing and the control of gene activity in depth, this slideshow is useful for higher-level biology students. The biochemical components of protein translation are diagrammed and labeled, and will be much clearer when the are displayed in this manner.
Geneticists manipulate Punnett squares to determine the patterns of dominant and recessive gene influence on first and second generations of humans and plants. The technology-based lesson plan employs a variety of media for exploring heredity and is ideal for the middle school life science classroom.
What does it take to produce all of the proteins that make up a living organism? An amazing series of events! Biology novices review the steps of protein synthesis by breaking down transcription and translation in detail. Colorful diagrams add visual value to the worksheet. Distribute it as a note-taking guide for your lecture or a homework assignment to review a unit.
Students come to understand that in sexually reproducing organisms, such as humans, typically half of the genes come from each parent. Students examine a fictional pedigree and determine which gene is responsible for a given trait. The genetic information for individuals is depicted as a jigsaw puzzle. Terms that students encounter include gene; chromosome; DNA; pedigree; genotype; phenotype; dominant; and recessive.
Young scholars describe the economic relationship between farmers, consumers, and food companies. They examine the issues regarding the reactions of consumers in this country and other countries to the use of gene-altered crops in food products by reading and discussing "New Trade Threat for U.S. Farmers." Students then write a personal essay expressing their own views on the issues raised in various articles.
After looking at the many aspects of the issues behind genetic testing, students are exposed to the pros and cons and must take a stand by writing a position paper. They will view the "Who Gets to Know?" video and/or reading case studies from the Our Genes/Our Choices series.