Model Organisms: The Genes We Share
In this genetics learning exercise, students access a website to learn about how human genes mutate to cause heritable disorders such as Huntington disease. Students use the information on this website to complete 12 short answer questions.
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Reebops: A “Model” Organism for Teaching Genetic Concepts
In a sweet simulation, junior geneticists examine the chromosomes of a fictitious Reebop marshmallow animal, combine chromosomes to produce offspring, and then make a model of the resulting Reebop baby. Phenotypes include number of...
6th - 12th Science
Part 2: How Does New Genetic Information Evolve? Gene Duplications
An engaging video explains the mechanisms that cause changes to occur in genetic code. The narrator explains how duplication lengthens the genetic code and then highlights three examples of gene duplications and their resulting new traits.
9 mins 9th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
About 18 percent of the human body is carbon, yet carbon found in its pure form in nature forms graphite and diamonds, which are nonliving things. The narrator explores the word organic, explaining how its meaning in science has changed...
4 mins 9th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Should We Grow Human Organs In Pigs?
How can pigs save lives? Examine the possibility of growing human organs from stem cells introduced into pig embryos. Learners discover the similarities and differences between pig and human organs, how stem cells function to create...
4 mins 6th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Organic Chemistry: Simple Hydrocarbons
The words organic chemistry and simple are not usually seen in the same sentence. Introduce the foundation of the science to young chemists with a video from JFR Science. Topics include the chemical classes of hydrocarbons, their uses in...
8 mins 9th - Higher Ed Science CCSS: Adaptable
Where Do Genes Come From?
No, you didn't get your genes from the local clothing store. Learn where they really come from by watching this video as it explores how the genes found in all plants and animals today have arisen over billions of years of mutations from...
4 mins 7th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
The Making of the Fittest: Got Lactase? The Co-evolution of Genes and Culture
Got milk? Only two cultures have had it long enough to develop the tolerance of lactose as an adult. Learn how the responsible genes evolved along with the cultures that have been consuming milk. This rich film is supplied with a few...
15 mins 8th - Higher Ed Science CCSS: Designed
Dark Matter: The Matter We Can't See
It's looking like the dark side is bigger than we thought! Physicists speculate that perhaps 96% of the universe consists of invisible dark matter and dark energy, while only 4% is what we can view with the aided eye. This flabbergasting...
6 mins 7th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable