Ms. Bacon

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Genetics Summer Assignment
1. I would like you to find three current events (within a year) articles about genetics/genetic
engineering. You may get these articles from newspapers or magazines or from reputable sites
on the Internet. If they are internet articles, it must be the full article, not a highlight
summary. Write a 1-page summary of the article and response (reactions/thoughts) for each of
your articles (12- point font, double-spaced), and be prepared to discuss the most interesting
article in class during the first week of school. The summaries are due on the first day of
school. Please include a copy of the article.
2. You will be:
a. Making a chromosome map by identifying the location of 50 genes
b. Choosing 5 genes which have associated disorders and prepare an original short report on each of the 5
disorders (3-4 paragraphs) – These genes must be on your assigned chromosome.
Chromosome____________________________
To find the location of the genes, you will use gene maps that have already been done and are available on the
internet.
Click on the link http://web.ornl.gov/sci/techresources/Human_Genome/posters/chromosome/index.shtml
This explains how to use the site Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man. Don’t get frustrated. Really explore the site,
not only the OMIM chromosome link, but the other links as well. You may also look at other data banks for
additional information – there are a number of sites that may be useful to you.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK22266/
The chromosome must be your original work – no “cut and paste”. It should be neatly drawn and/or
decorated.
The gene name must be spelled out in addition to the address/location.
The chromosome project is due on the first day of school.
3. You should be familiar with some of the terms used in the course. On the back of this paper is a list of
terms – expect a quiz on these terms within the 1st week.
There are 2 books we will be discussing throughout the course. You will need to purchase the books
“Genome” by Matt Ridley and “Sex, Drugs & DNA: Science’s Taboos Confronted” by Michael Stebbins. Both
books can be found on Amazon for a reduced cost. You DO NOT have any required reading out of this book
during the summer. Book club Friday will begin the second or third week of school, so you will need to have
purchased your books in advance.
Have a wonderful summer!! If you have any questions, please get in touch with me. My email address is
[email protected], or you can leave a message for me through the school (609-654-7544 ext 8317).
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Allele
Autosome
Chromosome
Diploid/Haploid
DNA/RNA
Dominant/Recessive
Homozygous/Heterozygous
Gene
Restriction enzymes
Gene pool
Genome
Genotype/Phenotype
XX/XY
Germline/Somatic
Mutation
Gel electrophoresis
PCR
Sex chromosome
PCR
Microarrays
Transformation
Model organisms
Prokaryote/eukaryote
Vortex
Centrifuge
Thermal cycler
Incubator
UV Transilluminator
Micropipette
Colony/lawn
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