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In this activity, students learn about the Human Genome Project. They do an interactive Web activity which simulates the process scientists use to determine the sequence of chromosomal DNA bases. Then they learn how two teams of scientists raced to decode the human genome. Next they explore a stretch of sequenced DNA on the Web to learn about the function of different sections of DNA code. They learn how knowledge of the human genome is being applied to medicine. They also learn about genetic variation among humans and between humans and other species. Finally, they assess what they have learned about the Human Genome Project by playing a game of Jeopardy.
1. Show the Human Genome Project video. Discuss the following:
2. Now have students explore the DNA sequencing process by doing the Web activity Sequence for Yourself. Use the following questions to elicit student responses, either in writing or as part of a whole-class discussion:
3. Show video The Sequencing Race Begins. Ask:
4. Have students Explore a Stretch of Code and take notes as they do it. Then ask the following and discuss as a class:
5. Show the video HIV Immunity to examine some of the benefits of mapping the human genome. Ask:
6. Show the video Genetic Variation and discuss the following:
7. Finally, have students read the Genome Facts document. Have students use these facts and what they have learned about the Human Genome Project to create a series of answers and questions for a Jeopardy quiz show. (See Jeopardy Game Show (PDF) review for directions.)