GENIE Wear A Chimp on your Wrist!
The activity can be used to demonstrate how DNA is similar between different species and that different species may have the same gene, performing the same function, but that the DNA that makes up this gene is differs between species.
This practical is usually very lively and can take anything between 15 minutes to 30 minutes depending on the age of the students and how quickly they grasp the base pairing rules of DNA. We have found that students love to pick their animal of choice and make the DNA bracelet, which they have then proudly worn for the rest of the day.
This session fits in with Key Stages 3 and 4 of the National Curriculum for England (ages 11-14 and 14-16).
What this activity will demonstrate is:
- That all DNA sequences obey simple base pairing rules.
- That DNA sequences are very similar for many different type of animals.
Level: Ages 11-14 and 14-16
Publish Date: 1st March 2012
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