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Students are challenged to formulate a hypothesis for what is wrong with a patient named Gena based on her family history and complaints of sickness.
In this two part lesson, students take DNA samples and perform a paper electrophoresis experiment while learning about genes and restriction enzymes.
Students are introduced to the field of genetic counseling as they use information gathered from an interview with Gena’s family to build a pedigree chart.
Students consider how they feel about genetics and the issues around medical/pharmaceutical biotechnology by considering whether Gena’s family members should undergo genetic testing.
Students perform gel electrophoresis to test Elizabeth’s DNA and determine the presence of a mutated gene.
Students are put in the role of a molecular biologist as they explore the use of recombinant DNA technology in treating genetic disorders and the usefulness of scientific models in biotechnology.
Students put themselves in the role of pharmaceutical researchers and brainstorm new medical treatments using different types of genetic mutations.
Students explore different types of jobs and opportunities within the constantly expanding field of biotechnology.
Students build a model to observe the connection between DNA, RNA, and amino acid sequences and to see the variation of traits that can occur in offspring by doing either a dihybrid cross or monohybrid cross of the parents.
Review biology and biotechnology concepts (bacteria, viruses, reproduction & genetic recombination, treatment & prevention) with the help of an interactive jeopardy game with your class. See individual PowerPoints for concepts covered in each activity.
Students begin discussions on biotechnology as a class, addressing pre-conceived notions and exploring the role biotechnology plays in their lives, especially related to medicine. This lesson can be used both as an activator and/or a debrief of the unit.
List of websites for teachers looking for additional resources related to biotechnology.