Map of the Human ß-Globin Gene©

A 3DMD Bioinformatics Activity©

 

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Don’t just tell your students about triplet codons, reading frames, or introns and exons. Let them discover these eukaryotic gene features as they explore the Map of the Human ß-Globin Gene©.

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The β-Globin Gene Exercise


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Map of the Human ß-Globin Gene© Contents

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Map of the Human ß-Globin Gene© Introduction

Bioinformatics is a computer-based discipline that focuses on the information DNA encodes. Bioinformatics software consists of various algorithms that sift through incredibly long sequences of nucleotides, searching for patterns that allow us to identify genes and deduce the amino acid sequence of the encoded proteins. The 3DMD β-Globin Gene Exercise© focuses on DNA from the information perspective.

Map of the Human ß-Globin Gene© Gene Map Summary

A summary of the Human β-globin gene.

Map of the Human ß-Globin Gene© Teacher Notes

The β-Globin Gene Exercise© serves as an example of how we can encourage our students to ask thoughtful questions. Our approach is to challenge students with a specific task — in this case finding the β-globin gene — in the absence of the explanations that normally precede an exercise such as this.

Map of the Human ß-Globin Gene© Features of the Teacher's Map

The Teacher’s Map features highlighted reading frames and mutation sites.

Map of the Human ß-Globin Gene© Student Handout

Using the Map of the Human ß-Globin Gene©, your students will find the nucleotide sequence in the DNA that encodes the amino acid sequence of the β-globin protein, and highlight both the nucleotide sequence and the corresponding amino acid sequence on their student maps.

Map of the Human ß-Globin Gene© Extensions

Extension activities for motivated students who seem to be interested in bioinformatics.

Map of the Human ß-Globin Gene© Next Generation Science Standards

Connections to: A Framework for K-12 Science Education Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas

Product Details

 

Grade Level

Middle School
High School

College

Students per Group

2-4

List Price

1 Student 1 Teacher Map
    $40 (BGGM-01S-01T)
3 Student 1 Teacher Map
    $60 (BGGM-03S-01T)
12 Student 1 Teacher Map
    $145 (BGGM-12S-01T)

Teacher Tip

To extend the life of your maps, gently remove the highlighter marks immediately following each use.

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