Genetic Codes

Determine the number of possible genetic codes. Class members are challenged to determine the number of possibilities of a genetic code that is 20 bases long. They continue to explore the average lengths of broken RNA molecules.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use color cubes to create sequences that are two and three bases long
  • Provide a brief introduction to DNA and RNA
Classroom Considerations

  • Pupils should be knowledgable about combinations
Pros

  • The answer key includes a discussion of possible answers
  • Rubric contains descriptions of what is required for partial and full credit
Cons

  • None
Common Core