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Inheritance and Mutations in a Single-Gene Disorder

This activity builds on information presented in the short film Genes as Medicine. Students interpret actual pedigrees to determine the inheritance pattern of Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), an inherited form of blindness. They also examine protein sequence data to explore mutations that can cause LCA.

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Genetics
Lessons
High School — General
High School — AP/IB
College
Activity for Genes as Medicine

This activity explores the content and research presented in the short film Genes as Medicine, which tells the story of how scientists succeeded in developing a gene therapy for a type of congenital blindness.

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Genetics
Film Activities
High School — General
High School — AP/IB
College
Genes as Medicine

This film describes the scientific principles and the research efforts involved in the development of a gene therapy for a congenital form of blindness, and how a young patient benefited from this medical breakthrough.

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Genetics
Short Films
High School — General
High School — AP/IB
College
DNA Profiling Activity

This multipart activity is designed to give students a firm understanding of genetic profiling using short tandem repeats (STRs), which is a process used by forensics labs around the world.

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Genetics
Case Studies
High School — General
High School — AP/IB
College
Understanding Variation in Human Skin Color

In this activity, students extend the concepts covered in the short film The Biology of Skin Color through the application of models and mathematical thinking to explain how genomic variation and human ancestry can explain differences in skin color, a polygenic trait.

Genetics
Anatomy & Physiology
Evolution
Science Practices
Lessons
High School — General
High School — AP/IB
College
The Teosinte Hypothesis

In this activity, students further explore the short film Popped Secret: The Mysterious Origin of Corn, by working through the mathematical concepts behind George Beadle’s claim that teosinte is the wild ancestor of maize.

Genetics
Anatomy & Physiology
Evolution
Science Practices
Lessons
High School — General
High School — AP/IB
College
Mendelian Genetics, Probability, Pedigree, and Chi-Square Statistics

In this activity, students apply concepts pertaining to the genetics of sickle cell disease and its relationship to malaria explored in the short film The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection in Humans.

Genetics
Evolution
Science Practices
Lessons
High School — AP/IB
College
Using Genetic Crosses to Analyze a Stickleback Trait

In this hands-on activity, students analyze the results of genetic crosses between stickleback fish with different traits. It complements the film Evolving Switches, Evolving Bodies.

Genetics
Evolution
Science Practices
Card Activities
High School — General
High School — AP/IB
Pedigrees and the Inheritance of Lactose Intolerance

In this activity, students explore concepts covered in the short film Got Lactase? The Co-evolution of Genes and Culture about the genetic variations associated with lactose tolerance/intolerance and how the trait is inherited in families.

Genetics
Evolution
Lessons
High School — General
High School — AP/IB
College
The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection in Humans

This film explores the evolutionary connection between an infectious disease, malaria, and a genetic condition, sickle cell anemia.

Genetics
Microbiology
Evolution
Short Films
High School — General
High School — AP/IB
College
Activity for Natural Selection in Humans

This activity explores the connection between malaria and sickle cell anemia — one of the best-understood examples of natural selection in humans — as discussed in the short film The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection in Humans.

Genetics
Microbiology
Evolution
Film Activities
High School — General
High School — AP/IB
College