Collection of Labs, presentations, videos, and animations on the topic of biotechnology.

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These websites are excellent for helping students understand and virtually participate in a variety of biotechnology activities.
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Welcome to Chemistry Applications: Pharmacology, Biotechnology and Forensics, a high school curriculum. Included in this curriculum are many lesson plans that are aligned with the North Carolina Chemistry and Biology Standards, in addition to the National Science Standard. Students will learn to be critically thinking, problem solving individuals who will relate science to the real world. Pharmacology involves drugs and their interactions in the human body. Biotechnology is the use of biological systems in technology. Forensics is the interaction of science and the law. Currently, most of the crime labs around the world spend most of their resources on drug identification and the biotechnology of DNA to identify victims and criminals involved in homicides, suicides and natural deaths.
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Students will: Develop an operational definition of perception. Identify the background genetics involved in the human genome. Brainstorm advantages and disadvantages to this new knowledge. Identify the steps involved in making ethical decisions. Research expert's opinions on the ethical implications of mapping the human genome. Prepare a simulation that addresses the information they have gained in the previous objectives. Write a case study that addresses an ethical dilemma in genetic research.
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In this problem set, you will learn about some of the basic techniques of recombinant DNA, and how recombinant DNA technology is applied to human health. Instructions: The following problems have multiple choice answers. Correct answers are reinforced with a brief explanation. Incorrect answers are linked to tutorials to help solve the problem. 1. PCR primers 2. Recombinant DNA 1 3. Southern technique 4. Recombinant DNA 2 5. Recombinant DNA 3 6. Applications 7. Huntington's disease 1 8. Huntington's disease 9. Recombinant DNA 4 10. Recombinant DNA 5 11. Identifying recombinants This resource is part of the Biology Links for One Laptop Per Child course which contains units on Exploring Life; The Cell; Genetics; Mechanisms of Evolution; The Evolutionary History of Biological Diversity; Plant Form and Function; Animal Form and Function; Ecology; and Astrobiology.
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Background info: PCR

by Christine Mytko

These background notes give some background information, as well as links for further information, regarding Polymerase Chain Reaction - a technique used to amplify a single or few copies of a piece of DNA into thousands to millions of copies of that particular DNA sequence.
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These background notes give some background information, as well as links for further information, regarding the use of restriction enzymes to cut up DNA.
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These background notes give some background information, as well as links for further information, regarding Gel Electrophoresis.
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These background notes give some background information, as well as links for further information, regarding the use of "DNA Fingerprinting" or "DNA profiling" for forensics.
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This briefly contains background notes on the history of paternity tests.
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This 1 page, 2 sided handout includes blanks for students to write in the notes. An answer key is included.
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These handouts include the DNA strands for implementing the forensics option of this DNA Fingerprinting activity. After copying, the strands will need to be cut apart and taped into one long 200-base pair strand before handing them out to student groups.
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These handouts include the DNA strands for implementing the paternity option of this DNA Fingerprinting activity. After copying, the strands will need to be cut apart and taped into one long 200-base pair strand before handing them out to student groups.
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This resource is a handout to simulate (I think) gel electrophoresis in the DNA fingerprinting lab. This resource is part of the Developing Biology course which contains units on Microscopes; Biochemistry; Cells; Cellular Transport; DNA; Photosynthesis and Respiration; Mitosis and Meiosis; Genetics; and Evolution.
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This lab presents a scenario in which a laptop has been stolen and DNA fingerprinting is necessary to solve the crime. Students are each given a DNA sequence to check against the perpetrator's. It's a quasi-lab, where students use paper and scissors to simulate DNA. This resource is part of the Developing Biology course which contains units on Microscopes; Biochemistry; Cells; Cellular Transport; DNA; Photosynthesis and Respiration; Mitosis and Meiosis; Genetics; and Evolution.
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