Hemophilia: Genetics of the F8C Gene

Queen Victoria, of England, carried the hemophilia gene, and her children passed it on to the ruling families of Russia, Spain, and Germany. Scholars learn how hemophilia passes from generation to generation—usually undetected in women. Using a short presentation, they understand the genetics that allow scientists to track the gene through history.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Invite a doctor to speak to the class about hemophilia
  • Go into more detail on the relationship with hemophilia and royalty
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of chromosomes and heredity
Pros

  • Lists all key concepts in red
  • Uses high-contrast colors for easy viewing
Cons

  • None