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  • A Gene for Drunkenness?

    Book Chapter | February 2010

    This chapter focuses on the relationship between genes and alcoholism. Examining this relationship can help students make wise choices about drinking, and it also can help them gain a wider perspective on genetics—a…

  • Mutations in Genes

    Book Chapter | July 2015

    The purpose of this lab is to introduce students to the transfer of genetic information through inheritance and how DNA-level mutations can influence the functions of organisms. Specifically, the investigation will…

  • Sweet Genes in Corn (Teacher Edition)

    Book Chapter | January 2006

    This chapter begins with consideration of sugars made by the plant during photosynthesis and the movement of those sugars within the plant by diffusion along concentration gradients and by other processes. By exploring…

  • Sweet Genes in Corn (Student Edition)

    Book Chapter | January 2006

    One of the joys of summer is sweet, fresh, crisp corn on the cob. Most corn is starchy and usually does not taste sweet. Why isn't corn on the cob starchy? What makes sweet corn sweet? Find the answers in this chapter…

  • It Skips a Generation: Traits, Genes, and Crosses (Student Edition)

    Book Chapter | January 2006

    Long before they understood why the strategy worked, farmers knew how to crossbreed plants to obtain more desirable traits. Even today, a farmer who knows nothing about genetics can tell you that when a blue type of…

  • It Skips a Generation: Traits, Genes, and Crosses (Teacher Edition)

    Book Chapter | January 2006

    Many of the early discoveries in genetics occured in plants. Plants have a few special characteristics that make them ideal for studying genetics. From one known cross, many genetically similar "siblings" are produced.…

  • Genes Are Us

    Journal Article | October 2012

    The authors review DNA fingerprinting and describe two standards-based lessons they have used in middle school science classes to provide a hands-on approach to learning the basic idea of how restriction enzymes work,…

  • Case Study: Skinny Genes? An Interdisciplinary Look at a Complex Behavioral Disorder

    Journal Article | January 2018

    This column provides original articles on innovations in case study teaching, assessment of the method, as well as case studies with teaching notes. This directed case study uses a progressive disclosure model to expose…

  • Chromonoodles: Jump Into the Gene Pool

    Journal Article | July 2011

    The authors use pool "noodles" to model chromosomes in the biology classroom. Students gain a greater appreciation of the interdependence of DNA and inherited traits.

  • Sculpting the Barnyard Gene Pool

    Journal Article | October 2016

    Immersing students in the science and engineering of chicken genetics and hatcheries.

  • An Interdisciplinary Approach to Gene Therapy

    Journal Article | November 2016

    Integrate T-W-L-H-Q, Word Splash, and discussion-based literacy strategies into a genetics unit.

  • Genes

    Collection | April 2015

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  • Genes and Race in the Classroom: Science in a Social Context

    Journal Article | May 2005

    This article describes a course for nonscience majors that uses the issue of race in humans to stimulate interest in genetics and other sciences. Student outcomes, including valuing and understanding science, plus an…

  • Sonic Hedgehog: A Good Gene Gone Bad?

    Journal Article | September 2001

    In this case of a baby born with the genetic condition holoprosencephaly, students explore the “Sonic hedgehog” gene, signal transduction, and the ethics of body and tissue donation. The two-part assignment involves…

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