Reflection: Relevance When Things Go Wrong: Genetic Mutations - Section 2: Hook - Misspelled DNA


This lesson requires that students pay close attention to the details of the DNA sequence.  The foundation of the lesson is built on the concept that one small mutation (change) in DNA can alter the amino acid created which will change the protein, thus affecting the organism.  Sometimes the genetic mutation is one single base pair that has been deleted or inserted, but students are unable to identify the mutation because they are trying to rush through their work and overlook the tiny error.  Students are encouraged to slow down and pay attention to the details because in some cases just ONE letter (base pair) can mean the difference between life or death!

  The Importance of Details
  Relevance: The Importance of Details
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When Things Go Wrong: Genetic Mutations

Unit 10: Introduction to Genetics
Lesson 2 of 13

Objective: SWBAT identify different types of genetic mutations and explain the specific mechanism that caused the mutation by examining the errors that have occurred during DNA replication.

Big Idea: In the 3 billion base pairs in our genome, what happens when there is an error in the DNA. Students will examine the cause and effect of various genetic mutations.

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Science, Biology / Life Science, Genetics, genetic code, DNA (Heredity), DNA (Genetics), genetic variation, genetic mutations, mutations, genetic disorders, frameshift, deletion, insertion, DNA
  46 minutes
genetic mutations
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