The Operon

Operons operate on sections of genes. A video begins by explaining that operons are located mainly in bacteria, specifically focusing on lac operon. This lac operon, found in E.coli, breaks down lactose. It then shows how lac operon works on the genes and demonstrates how operons work on tryptophan. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Concepts

Instructional Ideas

  • Video best fits after you have covered lac operons 
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires a computer, Internet access, and a projection system
  • YouTube comments are open to the public and may not be appropriate
  • Video is 27 in a series of 31
Pros

  • Includes link to a lac operon simulation which is also seen at the end of the video
  • Provides closed captioning, which can help your class follow along
  • Uses high-quality visuals to keep viewers engaged
Cons

  • None
Common Core