GENIE resources

A number of resources for teaching genetics have been developed by the GENIE team...

DNA Detective (DNA profiling)

An activity that allows students to use DNA profiles and other forms of evidence to solve a fictional murder.

Resource: GENIE DNA Detective

Age range:  11-14 / 14-16 / 16-18

Approach: Problem-based learning

 

Go Bananas: DNA extraction from a banana

A simple protocol for extracting DNA from a banana using household chemicals.

Resource: GENIE Go Bananas!

Age range:  11-14 / 14-16

Approach: Laboratory practical

 

Wear a Chimp on Your Wrist

An activity that explores the structure of DNA through the rules of base pairing to allow students to produce a double-stranded DNA bracelet. The activity can also be used to demonstrate the similarities, and differences, between the DNA sequences of different species.

Resource: GENIE Wear a Chimp 1

Age range:  11-14 / 14-16

Approach: Interactive tutorial

 

Wear a Chimp on Your Wrist 1 and 2 - DNA base pairs and DNA to protein

Two linked activities. Wear a Chimp 1 explores the structure of DNA through the rules of base pairing, and the students produce a DNA bracelet. Wear a Chimp 2 investigates the way the genetic code specifies a sequence of amino acids, and the students produce a matching protein bracelet. Both activities also demonstrate the similarities, and differences, between the DNA sequences of different species.

Resource: GENIE Wear a Chimp 1 and 2

Age range:  11-14 / 14-16

Approach: Modelling activity

 

Human Genome Race

A fun activity in which children working in groups race each other to construct a genetic sequence from a number of overlapping fragments.

Resource: GENIE Human Genome Race

Age range:  11-14 / 14-16

Approach: Games and quizzes

 

One in a Million

An activity that allows students to examine a range of traits and use an Excel spreadsheet to work out how 'special' their particular combination of traits makes them within a given population.

Resource: GENIE One in a Million

Age range:  11-14 / 14-16

Approach: Interactive tutorial

 

GM Crops: Miracles or Monsters? (genetic modification and transgenic crops)

A simple activity in which children try to guess which plants have been genetically modified.

Resource: GENIE GM Crops

Age range:  11-14

Approach: Miscellaneous

 

Using a Micropipette (video)

An award-winning GENIE video introduction to the use of micropipettes in the laboratory for undergraduates and postgraduates. Total running time: 9 minutes.

Resource: GENIE Using a Micropipette

Watch the whole video

Part 1: Introduction

Part 2: Setting the Volume

Part 3: Pipette Tips

Part 4: Pipetting Volumes

Part 5: Common Things to Avoid

Age Range:  11-14/14-16/16-18

Approach: Video

 

Making and Running an Agarose Gel (video)

A GENIE video guide for students illustrating the processes involved in making and running agarose gels in the laboratory. Total running time: 13 minutes.

Resource: GENIE Running an Agarose Gel

Watch the whole video

Part 1: Introduction

Part 2: Preparing the Gel

Part 3: Pouring the Gel

Part 4: Putting the Gel into the Gel Tank

Part 5: Loading the Samples

Part 6: Running the Gel

Part 7: Visualising the Nucleic Acids

Part 8: Common Things to Avoid

Age Range:  16-18

Approach: Video

 

Running an Agarose Gel (video)

 A video guide for students illustrating the processes involved in making and running agarose gels in the laboratory. This is a shorter version of the GENIE video 'Making and Running an Agarose Gel'. Total running time: 6 minutes.

Resource: GENIE Running an Agarose Gel

Watch the whole video

Part 1: Introduction

Part 2: Loading the Samples

Part 3: Running the Gel

Part 4: Visualising the Nucleic Acids

Part 5: Common Things to Avoid

Age Range:  11-14/14-16/16-18

Approach: Video

 

Dolly Mixtures

This is a basic cloning practical where students make their own clone of Dolly the sheep using simulated sterile techniques.

Resource: GENIE Dolly Mixtures

Age range:  14-16 / 16-18

Approach: Laboratory practical, interactive tutorial

 

Mars Lander Event

This is an activity where students use computers and online DNA databases to find out whether there is life on Mars. The computer tutorial can be used as a stand-alone resource, or it can be combined into a much broader project encompassing physics, chemistry and biology.

Resource: GENIE Mars Lander Laboratory

Age range:  14-16 / 16-18

Approach: Laboratory practical, interactive tutorial

 

Ethics and bioethics

This resource comprises a series of briefings and is part of the Bioethics Bytes website. This is the first in the series of briefings and was written by Chris Willmott (University of Leicester). It shows us how bioethics issues affect us all and how we hear about issues which fall into this category on a daily basis.

Resource: Bioethics Briefing No 1: Ethics and Bioethics in Education

Age range:  16-18

Approach: Topic Material

 

Genetically modified crops

This resource comprises a series of briefings and is part of the Bioethics Bytes website. This is the second in the series of briefings and was written by John Bryant (University of Exeter). It highlights the background in selective plant breeding over the centuries and then describes the more recent advances and the introduction of genetically modified crops.

Resource: Bioethics Briefing No 2: Crop plant genetic modification

Age range:  16-18

Approach: Topic Material

 

Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis

 

This resource comprises a series of briefings and is part of the Bioethics Bytes website. This is the third in the series of briefings and was written by Chris Willmott (University of Leicester). It covers the issues concerning assisted conception and "designer babies", which is a term which is often heard in the popular media.

Resource: Bioethics Briefing No 3: Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis

Age range:  16-18

Approach: Topic Material

 

Xenotransplantation

This resource comprises a series of briefings and is part of the Bioethics Bytes website. This is the fourth in the series of briefings and was written by Chris Willmott (University of Leicester). As human-to-human transplantation has become more and more successful, it has almost become a victim of its own success. There is a shortage of donor organs, and even with more government initiatives to change the organ donor register system, there will still be a shortfall. Would animal cells, organs and tissues be able to fill this gap?

Resource: Bioethics Briefing No 4: Xenotransplantation

Age range:  16-18

Approach: Topic Material

 

Stem cells

This resource comprises a series of briefings and is part of the Bioethics Bytes website. This is the fifth in the series of briefings and was written by John Bryant (University of Exeter). This briefing provides background on stem cell, the two different types of stem cells (adult and embryonic), and the ethics involved in using them.

Resource: Bioethics Briefing No 5: Stem Cells

Age range:  16-18

Approach: Topic Material

 

Issues at the end of life

This resource comprises a series of briefings and is part of the Bioethics Bytes website. This is the sixth and final one of the series of briefings and was jointly written by John Searle (South West Ministry Training Course) and John Bryant (University of Exeter). Should it be legal for doctors to actively participate in ending the lives of terminally ill patients? What are the concerns raised?

Resource: Bioethics Briefing No 6: Issues at the End of Life

Age range:  16-18

Approach: Topic Material

 

Use of model organisms in research

A series of videos discussing the use of organisms such as yeast and fruit flies to improve our understanding of human disease.  

Resources:

Age range:  14-16, 16-18

Approach: Video 

 

Creative commons logo
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Licence.

 

Share this page:

Contact Details

GENIE logo

GENIE
Department of Genetics
University of Leicester
University Road
Leicester, LE1 7RH

genie@le.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3319

Fax: +44 (0)116 252 3378

Accessibility

The University of Leicester is committed to equal access to our facilities. DisabledGo has a detailed accessibility guide for the Adrian Building.