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Icefish Blood Adaptations: Antifreeze Proteins

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Ever wonder how fish survive in freezing cold water—especially Antarctic waters? Some fish have an adaptation that lowers the freezing point of their life fluids. Learners model these adaptations in two lab explorations. The first...
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2013 AP® Biology Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
AP® free-response questions are often challenging for scholars. Give them practice writing free-response questions using former questions from the AP® Biology exam on topics such as genetic mutations, cellular respiration, evolution, and...
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Concepts of Biology – 1st Canadian Edition

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How diverse are living things? Individuals explore topics such as cells as the foundation for life, cell division and genetics, molecular biology, and animal reproduction using an open resource Biology textbook. They learn key terms...
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Design 'Y'er Genes

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How do changes in DNA affect an organism? Scholars explore chromosomes, genes, DNA, and mutations by modeling the DNA of a strawberry. They build a DNA model, then manipulate it to show how changing the genes transforms the strawberry...
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Utah Open Textbook: Biology

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Curriculum resources can be expensive—but not this one. An online textbook offers informational text for a complete high school Biology course. Topics include energy flow, body system, genetics, and evolution.
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Vector Selector

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed Standards
How do genetic engineers determine which vector to use? Scholars research different vectors and their advantages and disadvantages in part six of six-part Gene Therapy: Molecular Bandage module. Then, in small groups, they determine...
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Positions, Beliefs and Values

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
How do values shape people's thinking? Scholars explore their positions, beliefs, and values about gene therapy in part five of the six-part Gene Therapy: Molecular Bandage? module. They work through statements and determine if they...
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Mitochondrial DNA

For Teachers 7th - 11th Standards
Do young scientists know that some traits are only passed down by the mother? Mitochondrial DNA is an interesting phenomenon that provides researchers with a lot of useful information. Scholars learn about the endosymbiotic theory, what...
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Cancer Discovery Activities

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Explore the genetic component of the second-leading cause of death in the world using a hands-on activity. After watching a video discussing the basics of cancer, learners complete activities that study the genes involved in cancer. The...
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Tri Nucleotide Repeat

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Mutations often lead to genetic disorders. The tri-nucleotide repeat leads to an expansion of DNA thanks to errors in the process of DNA replication. Using the informative video, scholars identify genetic disorders related to this error...
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MECP2

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How do cells control which genes they express? The animation describes a specific example of how, after interaction with proteins, gene expression turns off. Scholars learn about the role of histone proteins and chromatin in the process...
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Mismatch Repair

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What does a cell do when DNA is not copied correctly? An informative video shows budding scientists an example of a mismatch mutation during DNA replication. Viewers learn that to prevent a mutation from occurring, cells have mechanisms...
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The Proteasome

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How do cells get rid of worn out proteins? Using a short video clip, viewers learn about the role of ubiquitin in flagging worn-out proteins and see how the proteasome degrades flagged proteins. 
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Chargaff's Ratio

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How do we know the structure of DNA? Learn about Chargaff's rule and how scientists first discovered the structure of DNA. Using an informative video, young scientists identify how the arrangement of complementary nitrogen bases affects...
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Molecular Genetics of Color Mutations in Rock Pocket Mice

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Can you identify mutations just by viewing DNA sequences? Scholars apply prior knowledge of DNA sequences to do just that in an engaging activity. They transcribe and translate genes, thus identifying the locations of mutations. Then,...
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Biochemistry and Cell Signaling Pathway of the Mc1r Gene

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How do mice have so much fur color variation over generations? Scholars illustrate protein structures based on amino acid sequences. Then, they analyze the signaling pathway in different-colored mice populations. This allows them to...
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Natural Selection and Evolution of Rock Pocket Mouse Populations

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Can evolution repeat itself? Scholars analyze amino acid data in two separate populations of mice. They learn that evolution repeats itself, but natural selection prefers some mutations over others in different environments. Analysis...
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The Molecular Evolution of Gene Birth and Death

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
More than 90 percent of humans' DNA doesn't code for anything! Scholars watch a presentation as they answer questions relating to gene mutations. They read details, watch videos, and view animations supporting the concepts. The questions...
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The Molecular Biology of Mutations and Muscular Dystrophy

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Different types of mutations cause unique types and degrees of muscular dystrophy. Scholars learn about the types of mutations and the impact on the body. They compare the location of the mutations and draw conclusions about how it is...
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Using Genetic Crosses to Analyze a Stickleback Trait

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Two fish appear different, but how do scientists determine their genotypes? Scholars practice performing test crosses to determine the genotypes of fish given their phenotypes. They answer in-depth comprehension questions and complete...
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Modeling the Regulatory Switches of the Pitx1 Gene in Stickleback Fish

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Gene switches work similarly to light switches in controlling one feature of their environments. Scholars study the Pitx1 gene in a specific type of fish. They learn the different ways this switch controls various body parts and...
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DNA Transcription (Basic Detail)

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
A double helix looks similar to a curled zipper. Viewers see transcription, which appears similar to unzipping the DNA. The basic level of detail works well as an introduction to transcription, RNA, and proteins.
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From Gene to Protein via Transcription and Translation

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
DNA carries the codes for creating just the right protein. A well-designed lesson leads pupils through the process from start to finish and everywhere in between. Guiding questions with supporting video help scholars understand the...
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DNA Structure, Function and Replication

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Before a cell replicates, its DNA must replicate. Take advantage of a hands-on guided lesson to teach budding scientists how this happens. Using a set of nucleotide cards, learners become the DNA and work to create matching strands...