Reflection: Real World Applications Epigenetics - Section 2: Explore Epigenetic Scenarios


At first glance, the underlining of the scenarios might seem like a mundane task. However, this exercise goes beyond the underlining. Students are gaining insight into what parents, caregivers and teachers have been telling them about healthy habits, and how their choices, even this early in life, could have long-lasting effects for themselves and their own children. 

It is not uncommon for students to ask whether they are actually changing their genetic make-up by not sleeping enough (or any of the other scenarios). Here it is important to clarify that the changes are not necessarily to the DNA itself, but rather the turning on or off of specific genes. It is useful to familiarize yourself with the concept of Epigenetics.

  Learning beyond the task
  Real World Applications: Learning beyond the task
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Unit 6: Genetics
Lesson 11 of 14

Objective: Students will be able to discover how environmental factors affect the expression of the genome.

Big Idea: Genetic makeup is only part of the story.

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