DNA Race Track
Twelfth graders simulate a DNA fragment running through a gel electrophoresis in a class activity. Students work in teams as a DNA sample with each person on the team representing a fragment that moves through the gel at a specific speed.
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DNA, Crime and Law Enforcement
Civil rights meets biotechnology in a instructional activity that scrutinizes the collection of DNA of citizens who have been arrested, but not yet convicted of a crime. Real-life cases are examined in which the DNA of a relative was...
9th - 12th Science CCSS: Designed
Rosalind Franklin: DNA's Unsung Hero
She was robbed! Robbed of her photograph. Robbed of recognition. Robbed of a Nobel prize. Meet Rosalind Franklin, "the woman behind the helix," the DNA double helix, that is, and learn the real story behind the discovery of the structure...
4 mins 7th - 12th Science
Tracing Genetic Ancestry Using DNA Microarrays
High school learners read and discuss an article about genetic ancestry and genetic ancestry testing. They complete a paper and pencil activity that mimics the function of a DNA microarray and consider the ethics of genetic testing in...
9th - 12th Science
The race to sequence the human genome
The world of genetics and DNA is much clearer than it was 25 years ago, in large part due to the success of the Human Genome Project. Watch a short, engaging video about the dueling organizations who raced to be the first to sequence the...
5 mins 7th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Human Cloning, Genetic Engineering and Privacy
Review the aspects of human cloning and the moral issues associated with it. Individually, your students will keep a list of the articles related to this issue and research issues related to the ethic issues people are concerned with....
8th - 12th Science