GENIE Jumping Genes
It is a hands-on activity which will grab the interest of younger pupils as well as being of great interest for older students who may be able to use it for more directed study about the human genome and causes of human diseases.
The aim of this activity is for students to use tiddlywinks to represent sections of jumping genes, which they then flick onto a poster which is representative of a section of the human genome. Where their "gene" lands either will or will not disrupt the gene and may then cause disease. An accompanying PowerPoint presentation is used for students to look up the gene on which their jumping gene has landed and information is provided about what cause (if any) this will have.
This session fits in with Key Stage 4 of the National Curriculum for England (ages 14-16).
What this activity will demonstrate is:
- That our genomes are not static
- How disrupting a genome effects us and what diseases are caused as a result
- That this is a common event in plant genomes
Level: Ages 14-16
Publish Date: 1st March 2012
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