Molecular Genetics of Color Mutations in Rock Pocket Mice

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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, they answer questions relating amino acids to proteins.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Share a video about color mutations in pocket mice, if scholars aren't familiar with the example used in the activity
  • Review the difference between the three main mutation types: substitution, insertion, and deletion
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of genes, proteins, molecular genetics, transcription, translation, amino acids, and the function of amino acids
Pros

  • Provides two different levels of materials depending on the needs of your class
  • Includes answer keys for easier grading
Cons

  • None