Bio-ITEST Genetic Research

Individual lessons and curriculum support materials are described in the table below and can be downloaded there. 
To cite the Bio-ITEST Genetic Research materials, or to download the entire curriculum:

Chowning, J., Kovarik, D., Porter, S., Grisworld, J., Spitze, J., Farris, C., K. Petersen, and T. Caraballo.  Using Bioinformatics: Genetic Research.  Published Online October 2012. figshare.

Click to view our two-part DNA Barcoding Animation that supplements the Genetic Research curriculum in general, and the Wet Lab lessons in particular.

The development of these materials was funded in part by an ITEST grant from the National Science Foundation DRL-0833779.  Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed on this website are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views, opinions, or policy of the National Science Foundation.

Title Description

Lesson One: The Process of Genetic Research

In this lesson, students are introduced to the process of genetic research. The lesson begins with a Think-Pair-Share activity designed to introduce students to the types of research questions people in different career fields might answer using bioinformatics tools. After a short background explanation provided by the teacher about how genetic research is done, students make their own hypotheses and predictions about the relatedness of canine species, and align paper DNA sequences to evaluate their hypotheses. The lesson concludes with a group activity introducing students to pairwise comparisons of DNA sequences, which will be explored more fully in later lessons. In Lesson One, students learn how DNA sequencing core lab managers might use bioinformatics tools in their career.

Download Genetic Research Lesson 1 (pdf)
Genetic Research Lesson 1 Powerpoint (ppt)

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