Teaching Tips / Activity Overview:
- Provide lecture and notes to reinforce basic DNA and Genomics understanding.
- Students will also read and respond to the article “ Fish tale has DNA hook: students find bad labels”
- To build relevancy and interest, touch upon the following questions:
- Are we moving into an era where typical citizens can help to enforce laws?
- Is this good or bad? Re: Whale Wars (the TV show), and liability mentioned in the NYC fish market article.
- Students will access the DNA Surveillance site, and initially answer a series of orienting questions, grouped under the following themes:
- Intro to DNA Surveillance..link at bottom of entrance portal,
- What is bioinformatics..icon in top right corner,
- Witness for the Whales intro page.
- About..top icon bar..details on program
- How to use site…top icon bar
- Cluster simple
- Sample data
2. Students will then use DNA Student Instructions Lab 1 to test whale samples.
- They will start with 4 whale unknowns. They cut and past the UNKNOWN DNA test sequences into the interface, choose the correct DNA reference sequence for each analysis, and generate the identities of the unknown animals. These will be presented visually in cladistic diagrams, as well as in table form, as descending correlation( 1 is perfect, 0 is no correlation). Results can then be confirmed on the site.
- Students will also have the chance to use the wrong reference sequences, and explore how the results change.
- Students will use Wiki to confirm protected status of Whales once identified.
3. Students will use DNA Student Instructions Lab 2 and the Inspector Foode website to test other samples.
- Students will then progress to the Inspector Foode site, where they will use data sets from Whales and Parrots, to see what the results will be. The student s will then be required to assess the quality of the results, and identify the causes of the different results obtained.
- Skills practiced: Organizational, web/word document interfacing, logic, level 3, 4 and 5 of Blooms Taxonomy for processing, interpreting and experimenting.