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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 Related:  Intro to Genetics DNA Structure and Function

Web Lab Directory Evolution & Taxonomy Evolution is often called the “unifying theory of biology” because it organizes all of the observations gathered by biologists and proposes and explanation for those observations. All state standards for teaching science include a section on evolution (sometimes called adaptation or change over time). Evolution Peppered Moth Simulation – newspaper and colored paper simulated natural selection Peppered Moth Simulation Kit – similar to above, only uses a purchased kit from Neo Sci. Evolution Concept Map – graphic organizer, shows terms related to evolution and how they are connected Evolution Crossword Puzzle – terms related to topic of evolution; darwin, galapagos, selection..etc… – Berkeley interactive activity with questions Comparing Life History to the Hours of a Clock – place events, such as “bacteria evolve” on a clock The Decay Curve of Twizzlers – use twizzlers candy to understand the decay of isotopes and how that decay is used for carbon dating Taxonomy

What we already know – a tuatara transcriptome | Sequencing - the Tuatara Genome We are not starting from scratch in our mission to understand the genetics of tuatara. Scientists have been working on these creatures for more than a hundred years, and in that time plenty of researchers have used tuatara DNA to try to understand the world. For the most part, these studies have used DNA sequences as witnesses to evolutionary history, rather than data from which to understand the day-to-day biology of tuatara. Hilary Miller is one researcher who has taken a genetic approach to understanding how tuatara work. Up until last year, there were a few hundred tuatara DNA sequences known to science. The sequences you published make up what’s called “transcriptome” – what does that mean? A transcriptome is a set of expressed genes in a given cell type. Is there a particular reason you used an embryo for the first transcriptome sequence? Before your study, what did we know about tuatara genetics. What was the most exciting result to come from the transcriptome study?

Honors Genetics Use of our material: We have worked very hard on Powerpoints/games/worksheets, etc to make this a resource for our students. If you are using our materials, please give us credit for our efforts by listing us as a source with links to our site. High School Life Science Conceptual Understanding: Heredity is the passing of characteristics from one generation to the next via genes. Chromosomes are single long DNA molecules which carry the instructions for forming particular species characteristics. Genes are a segment on the DNA that code for a particular trait. An alternative form of a gene found at the same place on a chromosome is called an allele. HS-LS3-1 Ask questions to clarify relationships about the role of DNA and chromosomes in coding the instructions for characteristic traits passed from parents to offspring. High School Life Science Standards (Grades 9-12) Indicator 1: Understand the fundamental structures, functions, classifications, and mechanisms found in living things.

Welcome to The Race Card Project! - The Race Card Project Cell Biology Cell Parts Cheek Cell Lab - observe cheek cells under the microscope Cheek Cell Virtual Lab – if you missed it in class Animal Cell Coloring - color a typical animal cell Plant Cell Coloring - color a typical plant cell Plant Cell Lab - microscope observation of onion and elodea Plant Cell Lab Makeup - microscope observation of onion and elodea, if students missed the lab that day they can view a site with pictures to complete lab handout Plant Cell Virtual Lab – use a virtual microscope to view plant cells. Comparing Plant and Animal Cells – looks at cheek and onion cells Prokaryote Coloring - color a typical bacteria cell Cell City Analogy - compares a cell to a city Cells Alive (internet) - view cells on the web Cell Model – create a cell from household and kitchen items, rubric included Cell Research & Design - research cells on the web, use computer to create your own cell Cell Rap – song or poem to describe the parts of the cell Cell Reproduction Cell Processes Cell Study Guide

Uniquely Me Take a closer look at the people around you. Chances are you’ll recognise that, while you share many features in common with them, there are other features and behaviours they have that are quite different from yours. For example, we all have 2 eyes but they come in many different colours and shapes. Why are we the way we are? Apart from identical twins, each of us has a unique genetic make-up that provides the instructions for our growth and development. However, how you look and act (your phenotype) is actually a result of the interaction between your genetic make-up and your environment. Some of these interactions happen before we’re even born, during embryonic development. In this context, we explore 2 fundamental questions: Why are we the way we are? Meet our scientists We meet 4 scientists who are actively involved in research to learn more about the interactions between genetic and environmental factors: Peter Dearden is the director of Genetics Otago.

British Couple Clones Dead Dog For $100K On Dec. 26, Laura Jacques, 29, and Richard Remde, 43, of Yorkshire, United Kingdom, welcomed two new puppies - dubbed Chance and Shadow - cloned from the DNA of Dylan, their deceased boxer, the Guardian reports. Dylan died of a brain tumor in June at the age of 8. [READ: Do You Love Your Dog More Than Humans?] The couple sent his DNA samples to Sooam Biotech Research Foundation in South Korea, which offers a commercial dog-cloning service for about $100,000 per procedure, according to the Guardian. Sooam Biotech, the only laboratory of its kind in the world, has successfully cloned hundreds of dogs, though Dylan's is reportedly the oldest sample from which a dog has been cloned successfully.

Eugenics Archive . Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's The Eugenics Archive utilizes Flash for enhanced search features, cross referencing, and interactive images created with Zoomifyer. Get the Flash plugin at The Eugenics Archive will open in a new window. I prefer the original, HTML-only Eugenics Archive site, take me there. Eugenics Archive Blog Sterilization Laws Based on a task force recommendation, the North Carolina legislature is considering paying $50,000 to living individuals sterilized by the state against their will or without their knowledge. Examine the Chronicle of how society dealt with mental illness and other "dysgenic" traits in the final section of our website DNA Interactive. Worksheets by Topic Does Sunscreen Protect my DNA? In this laboratory experiment students explore how effectively different sunscreens protect yeast cells from damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation. DNA contains the instructions for proper cell function; changes to DNA can cause cancer; skin cancer can be caused by exposure to UV radiation, which comes from the sun; and the meaning of SPF ratings on sunscreens. Class Time: Two 45 minute class times Prep Time: 1-2 hours Does Sunscreen Protect my DNA? Student Version Does Sunscreen Protect my DNA? Teacher pages include material supply contacts and teaching strategies to help students interpret and explore their data. Students follow simple step-by-step instructions to explore DNA damage caused by UV radiation. Funding provided by a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Precollege Science Education Initiative for Biomedical Research Institutions Award (Grant 51000125)

Couple Spends $100,000 To Clone Deceased Dog, Gets Two Puppies Ten Websites for Science Teachers We all know that the web is full of excellent web resources for science teachers and students. However, unless you live on the web, finding the best websites can become quite a challenge. This isn't a "Top Ten" list -- instead, it is a list of websites that I either use on a regular basis or just find interesting. From teaching resources for the nature of science and authentic field journals to wacky videos about numbers, I am sure that you will find something in the following list the works for you! 1) Understanding Science UC Berkeley's Understanding Science website is a "must use" for all science teachers. 2) Field Research Journals The Field Book Project from the National Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Institution Archives intends to create a "one stop" archive for field research journals and other documentation. 3) Evolution Berkeley's Understanding Evolution website is the precursor to their Understanding Science efforts. 4) PhET Simulations 5) Earth Exploration

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