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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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Modes of DNA Analysis: Extraction, Electrophoresis, PCR, and Microarray

Students will develop an understanding of available technologies that assist in analyzing DNA. Students will work virtually though the processes of DNA extraction, PCR, Gel electrophoresis, and DNA microarrays. Virtual extraction and electrophoresis labs will be used to show students the process before they actually do the process themselves. Read more about Modes of DNA Analysis: Extraction, Electrophoresis, PCR, and Microarray

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The Central Dogma of Biology: DNA to Protein

The Central Dogma activity provides students practice in the transcription and translation of a small segment of an actual gene in the human body.  Students then use BLASTn to identify their sequence as well as the program CN3D to view 3-D models of their protein.  The activity concludes with the connection between mutation and disease as students investigate the cond Read more about The Central Dogma of Biology: DNA to Protein

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