Gene Sleuthing

Description of the Activity

In this workshop, students will use computers to "mine" the genomes of humans and other organisms. The WWW will be accessed to locate publicly available genomic databases to find genes in various DNA sequences. Comparisons will then be made to determine similarities/differences among genomes and examine molecular genetic evolution.

Objectives

  • Identify the structure and function of DNA
  • Learn how specific pieces of an individual's genome can be isolated and used for genetic examination
  • Understand the emerging field of bioinformatics
  • Explain evolution in terms of changes within a genome

Meets SC Content Standards