Virtual DNA Tour & Much More! (CSAW)

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Resource:Virtual DNA Tour & Much More! (CSAW)
Provider:University of Utah: Learn Genetics
Summary:Age Range: 11-18 and up (Middle School, High School, & Beyond)
Note: As always, parents should preview this site to determine suitability of content for their own children. This INCREDIBLE website was recommended by two ClickSchooling subscribers - Leslie, and a reader known only as "Space Bunny". :)
Description:Sponsored by the Genetic Science Learning Center at The University of Utah, this site offers a terrific animated and
audio virtual "Tour of the Basics" that include:

*What is DNA?
*What is a Gene?
*What is a Chromosome
*What is a Protein?
*What is Heredity?
*What is a Trait?

When you get to the website, turn on your speakers and simply click on the section of interest to start your tour.

BUT THAT'S NOT ALL! When you are through with the tour, click on "Teacher Resources & Lesson Plans" in the top right corner of the screen. A new page opens that is a gateway to FREE resources for educators to bring genetics, bioscience and
health alive in the classroom. It can all be tweaked for use in the homeschool.

Look for the "Print-And-Go Lesson Plan Index" in the right margin of the page. Click on that to access an array of ingenious lessons and activities that teach scientific concepts in an engaging way. For example, click on "Comparing Brain Images" to access a color-by-number comparison of PET scan images showing activity in a drug-free brain and the brain of a former cocaine addict.

THERE'S MUCH MORE!

Go to the home page at:

http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/

You'll discover fascinating interactives on genetic technology including cloning and gene therapy, genetic disorders,
epigenetics, and medical treatment tailor-made to your unique genome.

AND DON'T MISS THE VIRTUAL LABS where you can:

*Extract DNA

*Conduct an Electrophoresis Experiment to sort and measure DNA strands.

*Use the PCR Lab and copy a segment of DNA to diagnose diseases, identify bacteria and viruses, match criminals to crime scenes, and more.

*Do a DNA Microarray Analysis to investigate the differences between a healthy cell and a cancer cell. It's one of the
fastest-growing new technologies in the field of genetic research.

You will be astounded by the wealth of science information at this website. It wins a ClickSchooling Award (CSAW) for
excellence!
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Orientation:General
Subjects:Science, Health
Teaching Methods:Online Interactive
I N T E N D E D   F O R:
Ages:11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18
Grades:6,7,8,9,10,11,12
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