- Teacher: Carol Thibodeau
- Subject: cytogenetics, birth defects, DNA technology
- Grade Level(s): 10
- Target Audience: Biology II
- Materials Needed: handouts, scissors, tape or glue
- Class Time: 1 class period
- Brief Summary: Students are put into groups and each is given an unknown picture of chromosomes from an individual. The students are asked to lake a karyotype from their chromosomes and diagnose the genetic problem (if there is one).
- Student Objective(s): To play a role: each group symbolizes the lab person who gets the chromosomes from a real person with the purpose of diagnosing a genetic condition. The group has one chance and the paper they pass in is their diagnosis.
- Integration (tying it all together): The students have done units on DNA and RNA, genetics, birth defects, and DNA technology. This is a
quick exercise that puts diagnosing genetic conditions into perspective.
- Description of Activities: 1.) Cut out the chromosomes. 2.) Tape into homologous pairs on a separate piece of paper. 3.) Make a diagnosis from the karyotype. 4.) Pass in sheets with diagnosis.
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