GENIE Jumping Genes

This is a really excellent activity which enables students to gain an appreciation of the actions of different sections of DNA and the effects they can have on our genome.

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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 

Activity Information
Author(s): GENIE
Subject: Genetics
Level: Ages 14-16
Language: English
Publish Date: 1st March 2012

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1 Teacher Notes
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2 Student Notes
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3 Jumping Genes Poster
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4 Jumping Genes
    Download arrow Download arrow   This card shows  disease causing genes for the activity.
Students playing the Jumping Genes game
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