Genetics has always been central to biology. Today, genetic findings are impacting human health at an increasing pace.
Modern Genetics for All Students
Since 1991, Modern Genetics for All Students has helped more than 39,000 high school students learn DNA basics in the biology lab. Active investigations include extracting and spooling DNA, engineering glow-in-the-dark bacteria, crossing strains of different-colored yeast, growing Wisconsin Fast Plants, and inducing mutations in bacteria using UV light. Modeling activities help conceptualize how genes code for proteins and how they are expressed, how DNA structure allows replication, and how traits and genetic diseases are inherited. Group discussions about genetic testing, GM foods and biotechnology highlight how advances in genetics are impacting society.
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Chapter 1 – DNA: The Hereditary Molecule
Chapter 2 – Passing Traits from One Generation to the Next
Chapter 3 – How Genes and the Environment Influence Our Health
Chapter 4 – Controlling Our Genetic Futures
Grade level: 9-12
Authors: Sarah C.R. Elgin, Cynthia J. Moore, David Kirk, Victoria L. May, Gary Corbin, Susan K. Flowers, Rebecca Aulenbacher, David Brock, Mark Kalk, Martha Thompson
Developed with primary support from the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Research Resources, Science Education Partnership Award; additional support provided by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Monsanto Fund, and the Dana Brown Charitable Trust.