DNA Doesn’t Look Like What You Think!

DNA forms a double helix, but that is not what it looks like. A fact-filled video takes on this inaccuracy as part of an extensive playlist on biology. It shares the recent discoveries about what DNA looks like as well as the many inaccuracies printed in textbooks and science journals.

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CCSS: Adaptable

Instructional Ideas

  • Challenge scholars to find examples of "bad DNA" in textbooks and online
  • Discuss the way textbooks of the future could include this information in their lessons on DNA
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of the structure of DNA

  • Highlights vocabulary throughout
  • Addresses common misconceptions
  • References include articles and a 3-D model of a genome

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