Biology

Determining Relationships in Families using Gel Electrophoresis

A daughter thinks she’s adopted and wants to determine if her parents are her biological parents.  Students discover how gel electrophoresis is used to help the daughter determine if she is adopted or not.  In addition, students apply previously learned material (pedigree, Punnett square, etc.) to help understand the process and content.  Read more about Determining Relationships in Families using Gel Electrophoresis

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OMIM......Oh My: Using The Online Mendalian Inheritance and Man Database

This activity is designed to introduce students to The Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) database.  Students will start by analyzing a patient's symptoms and correctly identifying the genetic disorder that is causing the problem.  Finally, the student will use OMIM to gather information about that specific genetic disorder. Read more about OMIM......Oh My: Using The Online Mendalian Inheritance and Man Database

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Inquiry Lab: Identifying Bacteria using Morphology, Physiology, and Molecular Data

Bacteria are prokaryotic organisms that can be found almost anywhere on earth.  Identifying prokaryotic species can be difficult in a high school lab.  The purpose of this lab it to use information that is known about bacteria cell wall composition, size, shape, arrangements, enzymatic activity, colony growth, and molecular data (DNA) to identify species (or group of prokaryotes) of known and Read more about Inquiry Lab: Identifying Bacteria using Morphology, Physiology, and Molecular Data

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Teaching Bioinformatics Using Journals

Teaching Bioinformatics Using Journals is an acivity designed to help students learn the real world applications of bioinformatics and current research in genomics.  It also gives students the opportunity to learn how to read a scientific journal.  After completing this activity students will have several strategies to read and better understand a scientific journal. Read more about Teaching Bioinformatics Using Journals

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A Student-Centered Guide to Bioengineering

Online activities, videos, and hands-on labs allow students to visualize and practice bioengineering techniques and concepts in this week-long unit.  Students will learn about DNA extraction, restriction enzymes, gel electrophoresis, PCR, and DNA sequencing by answering a series of questions based on videos, diagrams, and prior knowledge. Read more about A Student-Centered Guide to Bioengineering

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Canine Case Studies: Using Pedigrees and DNA Sequencing to Solve Problems

Dogs and genetics meet in two case studies that encourage students to be detectives.  In the first case study, students will use a pedigree to solve a problem about a genetic disorder in a specific dog breed.  In the second case study, students will use maps, graphs, and DNA sequencing to determine what animal “meat” is being used in two different brands of dog food.   Read more about Canine Case Studies: Using Pedigrees and DNA Sequencing to Solve Problems

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Bacteria Primer Comparison 2: Gel Electrophoresis

This lesson will occur after a lesson in which the students will isolate bacterial DNA by using primers and PCR. In this lesson, each student will be able to accept or reject his or her hypothesis by completing gel electrophoresis of the PCR product and analyzing the results compared to the other bacterial primer products and a ladder.   Read more about Bacteria Primer Comparison 2: Gel Electrophoresis

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