Gold Tape Question: Finish watching the documentary "The Gene Doctors" and write a half page response to the film. In your response you should make connections to what we studied in our genetics unit, a personal connection, and describe which of the 4 case studies (4 different diseases/ patients) you connected with the most and why. The documentary is available on Amazon Prime and Netflix. Email your response or turn in a hard copy by Tuesday morning.
Study your notes, do these Genetics Activities, and watch (or re-watch) the videos below to help you prepare for the exam tomorrow.
Gold Tape Question: There is one week left for genetics gold tape opportunities, including the crossword, dragon breeding, and DNA extraction. Here is this week's question. One piece of Gold Tape for anyone who emails Mr. Powell (firstname.lastname@example.org) the answer before school starts Monday.
In class we have looked at several pedigrees for Huntington's Disease. What gene is responsible for Huntington's Disease and who is the famous folk singer whose death inspired more research on Huntington's Disease?
Pedigrees are one of the more challenging concepts to wrap your head around in genetics. The basics of pedigrees, what the symbols and charts represent are easy, however interpreting and creating the pedigrees from a description can be quite the task. Today in class students tried their hand at pedigrees not just with pen and paper but with Swedish fish and gummi bears. The fish were "female" and the bears were "boys" and by reading about the family history, students were able to assemble pedigrees using their candy to represent the family members, with their color(s) representing their genotype.
Mr. Powell is an 8th grade Science Teacher in Western Colorado.