In this inquiry-based activity, students investigate how brine shrimp populations can survive in some of the harshest environments. Students subject brine shrimp cysts to extreme conditions to evaluate the hardiness of these creatures.
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In this lab activity, students will investigate the effect of UV light on UV-sensitive yeast in an attempt to understand the protective ability of sunscreen products.
In this activity, students use a pedigree and jigsaw puzzles to explore how scientists use genetic information from a family to identify a gene associated with a genetic disorder.
In this instructional module, students use a bioethical decision-making model to consider the ethical, legal and social implications of actual gene therapy trials.
In this lesson, students work in pairs to compare five aspects of an organism that reproduces sexually with one that reproduces asexually. As a class, students share their comparisons and generate a list of general characteristics for each mode of reproduction, and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of both.
In this inquiry-based activity, students are asked to discover the nature of the mutation in a yeast strain by designing and carrying out their own experiments. Students are provided with a conundrum: the same mutant yeast strain can grow on one type of media plate but not another. What is wrong with it?
This module includes an interactive game and associated learning materials that will help students learn about mechanisms of inheritance, bringing together Mendelian inheritance and molecular genetics concepts.
In this lesson, students design a promotional campaign that educates their peers about how to prevent common diseases such as heart disease or diabetes. After conducting research on the disease, students will complete a proposal form to report the information they find. Student handouts and a grading rubric are provided.
In this activity, students will collect family health history and use the information collected to create a pedigree chart. Student pages are available in English and Spanish.