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Young scholars simulate the roles of employees of two fictional pharmaceutical companies to analyze how human genetic variation at a molecular level helps scientist better understand and treat disease. They explain the molecular structure of disease-related genes and how they corresponds with treatment.
In this science activity, students study diversity in human genetics by participating in a class survey and generating a tally graph. Students are asked if they have a "hitchhiker's thumb" and the results are displayed on the tally graph. There are close- up photographs to help students match their own thumbs to the right picture.
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.
High schoolers examine the legacy they might leave behind in perservation of documents and artifacts. Using the internet, they discover ways in which this project is impacted by technological advancements. They role play the role of researcher and document they contributions of indigenous groups. They share how the communities are being threatened and possible solutions to these problems with the class.