DNA basics, Gene Expression, and DNA mutations

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$30.00

In DNA Basics, Gene Expression, and DNA Mutations , students will learn about the structure of DNA and its location in living cells. They will discover how DNA is organized into discrete units of heredity called genes and how genes are expressed through the processes of transcription and translation.  Finally, they will learn how DNA mutations occur and will discover how mutations in cellular DNA can lead to diseases (such as Sickle Cell Anemia, Cystic Fibrosis, Tay-Sachs disease, and cancer).  Periodic quizzes will test students’ understanding before moving forward. Many activities are provided to give students practice in DNA base-pairing rules, transcription, and using the codon table to translate mRNA into protein.  Directions for 2 labs are included which can each be performed using household materials.  Enrolled students have access to the course materials for one year (366 days).

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DNA—just about everyone has heard of it. Most people know that DNA can be used to solve crimes or determine paternity. Many DNA testing kits are available commercially, offering the ability to trace ancestry or predict the risk of developing certain illnesses. But do you have a thorough understanding of what DNA is or the fundamental role it plays in all living things?

In this module, students will learn about the structure of DNA and its location in living cells. They will learn how DNA is organized into discrete units of heredity called genes, and learn how genes are expressed through the processes of transcription and translation. Finally, they will learn how DNA mutations occur and will discover how mutations in cellular DNA can lead to diseases (such as Sickle Cell Anemia, Cystic Fibrosis, Tay-Sachs disease, and cancer). Periodic quizzes (fact checks) will test students’ understanding before moving forward. Many activities are provided to give students practice in DNA base-pairing rules, transcription, and using the codon table to translate mRNA into protein. Directions for 2 labs are included which can each be performed using household materials.

Note:  This course is also offered as part of a discounted-price bundle.  Find it here:  Complete DNA and Genetics Course Bundle

2 reviews for DNA basics, Gene Expression, and DNA mutations

  1. praise2christ

    I learned so much through this course! The information offered in the text was challenging, yet presented in a way that was well-organized and easy to understand, while the videos and activities added to my comprehension. The section on DNA mutations was particularly interesting to me due to my family’s medical history.

  2. penguin

    My 12-year-old took this class, and he learned a lot. The vocabulary was most challenging for him, which I was glad to hear. He enjoyed the labs, and I was pleased to see he had a good foundation when we have had other opportunities to participate in genetics activities on field trips. He has a good understanding of Punnet squares and was able to have that discussion with high school and college students. He also enjoyed the Codon Wheel. I would highly recommend this class for anyone looking for a lab science.

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