Tag: genetic

  • Can Genetic Modification Protect Corn?

    Can Genetic Modification Protect Corn?

    The European corn borer (ECB) is a major pest of corn in the United States. It is a small, black and white moth that lays its eggs on the leaves of corn plants. The larvae hatch and tunnel into the stalks, ears, and leaves of the plant, causing significant damage. Bt corn is a type…

  • Virtual FlyLab (New!)

    Virtual FlyLab (New!)

    Virtual fruit fly genetics lab where students can explore phenotypes and genotypes of flies, design experiments, and perform chi square analysis

  • Case Study – Cystic Fibrosis

    Case Study – Cystic Fibrosis

    This case study explores the relationship between the cell membrane and breathing difficulties that occur as a result of the genetic disorder cystic fibrosis.

  • Human Traits Bingo

    Human Traits Bingo

    This activity is a good starter for genetics units.  Students are often fascinated by traits that are visible.   Lively discussions of human genetics will often include students asking tons of questions about what they view as “oddities.” Though, many of those traits would be difficult to establish as strictly genetics, it provides a good…

  • Can Bacteria Be Designed to Create Gasoline?

    Can Bacteria Be Designed to Create Gasoline?

    I’ve heard the term “biofuel” before, and that usually conjures up images of corn fields and ethanol.  I recently attended a lecture at Washington University presented by Fuzhong Zhang.  The title of the workshop was quite intimidating:  “Synthetic Regulatory Systems for Dynamic Metabolic Pathways.”   Teachers don’t just spend our summers lazing about at the pool!…