Genetics Genetics includes the study of heredity, or how traits are passed from parents to offspring. The topics of genetics vary and are constantly changing as we learn more about the genome and how we are influenced by our genes. Inheritance Mendel & Inheritance – powerpoint presentation covering basics of genetics Simple Genetics Practice – using mendelian genetics and punnett squares Genetic Crosses with two traits – basic crosses, uses Punnet squaresGenetic Crosses with two traits II – basic crossses, uses Punnett squaresDihybrid Crosses in Guinea Pigs (pdf) – step through on how to do a 4×4 punnett square Codominance & Incomplete Dominance – basic crosses involving codominance X-Linked Traits – practice crosses that involve sex-linkage, mainly in fruitflies The Genetics of Blood Disorders – a worksheet with genetics problems that relate to specific disorders: sickle cell anemia, hemophilia, and Von Willebrand disease. Human Genetics Presentation Chromosomes Modeling Chromosomal Inheritance
2nd Biannual NGSS STEM Education Conference Download the conference schedule and a map Session 1 Arms & Arteries: Adventures in Biomechanical Engineering Looking for ways to integrate engineering into your life science and biology classes? Try biomechanical engineering! Join us as we engineer ways to unclog arteries and construct prosthetic arms while incorporating key scientific principles and NGSS Science & Engineering Practices along the way. Download Session PDFs Session 2 Environmental Engineering: Life in the Bay Water Together we’ll design and build tools for exploring bay water. Session 3 Seismic Engineering Feeling a little shaky on how to teach engineering in your earth science unit? Session 4 Build a Battery of Batteries Come explore the physics and chemistry of simple batteries! Session 5 Build a Better Motor We’ll start by taking apart a spring-powered motor to see how it stores and releases energy, and then we’ll take apart a small electric motor to see how the magnets, wire coils, and electrical connections are arranged.
The Biology Corner Overview of Blackett Family DNA Activity Overview DNA Analyst Bob Blackett has graciously provided The Biology Project with sample data from his own work. In this activity, you will learn the concepts and techniques behind DNA profiling of the 13 core CODIS "Short Tandem Repeat" loci used for the national DNA databank. You will then have the opportunity to collect and interpret actual STR data, and to answer one or more of the following questions: How is STR data used in a DNA Paternity Test? Alternatively, you may wish to create your own activities, based on some suggestions for open-ended inquiry that are offered below. This activity is aimed at students with a basic knowledge of DNA structure, Mendelian genetics, and human pedigree analysis. The Science of STR DNA Profile Analysis Structured Inquiry Activities for Students Some representative activities involving data collection, interpretation, and analysis using Bob Blackett's data. Open Ended Activities for Students
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks With Henrietta unconscious on the operating table…though no one asked if she wanted to be a donor—[Dr.] Wharton picked up a sharp knife and shaved two dime-sized pieces of tissue from Henrietta’s cervix. – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, pg. 33 Informed consent is a legal procedure to ensure that a patient or client knows all of the risks and costs involved in a treatment. A Guide to Understanding Informed Consent (National Cancer Institute) Making a decision about participating in a research study involves understanding the potential risks and benefits as well as your rights and responsibilities. Related News Stories U.S. scientists knew 1940s Guatemalan STD studies were unethical, panel finds (Washington Post) August 29, 2011.
Anatomy and Physiology Learning Modules - CEHD - U of M Quiz Bowl and Timed Test were retired at the end of summer 2013. Quiz Bowl had always been buggy, as many people had pointed out, and it had become difficult to maintain. It also used technology that doesn’t work on a lot of newer computers or tablets. Looking for the Image Bank? Conference for High School Anatomy and Physiology Instructors - October 17 and 18, 2014 - Minneapolis, MN. Grandma's Experiences Leave Epigenetic Mark on Your Genes Why can’t your friend “just get over” her upbringing by an angry, distant mother? Why can’t she “just snap out of it”? The reason may well be due to methyl groups that were added in childhood to genes in her brain, thereby handcuffing her mood to feelings of fear and despair. Of course, it is generally not possible to sample the brains of living people. All the men had been at a socioeconomic extreme, either very rich or very poor, at some point in their lives ranging from early childhood to mid-adulthood. Timing, in other words, matters. Last year, Szyf and researchers from Yale University published another study of human blood samples, comparing 14 children raised in Russian orphanages with 14 other Russian children raised by their biological parents. A case study in the epigenetic effects of upbringing in humans can be seen in the life of Szyf’s and Meaney’s onetime collaborator, Frances Champagne. The Mark Of Cain
Holiday Lectures on Science Each autumn, leading scientists come to HHMI headquarters, where they speak to an audience of high school students from around the greater Washington, D.C., region. The annual two-day event is an energetic celebration of science, with hands-on activities, lectures, discussion, and lively exchanges between students, teachers, and scientists. The live event is the foundation for a whole range of resources that are nationally distributed to teachers, reaching an audience of millions of students. Over the more than 15-year history of the program, Holiday Lectures have covered evolution, earth science, virology, and biodiversity, among other topics. To complement the Holiday Lectures and enhance their usefulness in the classroom, HHMI also produces a wide range of free science education materials, including classroom activities and lesson plans, interactive online modules, animations, apps, and virtual laboratories—all available at BioInteractive.org.