Biology

Bacteria Primer Comparison 1: PCR

This lesson will allow students to become familiar with the PCR process by using the thermocycler after discussing the process and its purpose along with completing an online simulation of it.  It will also allow the students to hypothesize which primer will work best with the various prokaryotic samples and then analyze their results after researching basic characteristics about the bacteria Read more about Bacteria Primer Comparison 1: PCR

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Fish Evolution

What connections exist between proteins and genes and figuring out evolutionary relationships? Students will use SDS-PAGE to analyze different fish proteins. Analysis of proteins will be used to predict evolutionary relationships among different fish.    Read more about Fish Evolution

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Blue People of Kentucky

In this activity students will be introduced to an unusual and rare genetic condition that causes a person's skin to turn blue.   A powerpoint presentation will be used to introduce the topic.  The presentation will open up opportunities to review genetic concepts as well as create discussion on topics like population genetics, ethics, etc.  Students will examine a pedigree where they will see Read more about Blue People of Kentucky

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In the Year 2525… Using Real Time PCR Data to Analyze a Founder Scenario

This activity will place the concepts of Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium into a contemporary context.  During the activity students will interpret data from real-time PCR and use it to calculate allele frequencies.  These allele frequencies will then serve as a hypothetical founder population, for which students will run simulations using Allele A1 software to predict possible future allele frequen Read more about In the Year 2525… Using Real Time PCR Data to Analyze a Founder Scenario

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Exploring the Neuroscience of the Human Brain Using Bioinformatics

What is the structure and function of the nervous system? How do you use bioinformatics relational databases to explore biological molecules?  Students will explore the Genes 2 Cognition website and then chose a particular molecule to investigate further.  Students will use a variety of resources, including OMIM, NCBI, Allen Brain Atlas, Ensemble, and Entrez.
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Who Dunnit? The Case of the Missing Laptop

The Case of the Missing Laptop is designed to be used as a unit.  It begins with a story about a petty high school crime and some DNA evidence found at the crime scene.  Students are taken through a problem-solving process as they learn techniques that would help them assess the DNA evidence from the crime scene to identify the perpetrator. Read more about Who Dunnit? The Case of the Missing Laptop

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Using Bioinformatics to Solve Medical Problems: An HIV Case Study

Using an activity published by Beloit College at bioquest.org, students will develop an understanding of how bioinformatics allows us to solve problems. Students will analyze data to determine if a dentist was the source of the HIV transmitted to a patient(s).  Read more about Using Bioinformatics to Solve Medical Problems: An HIV Case Study

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