Cracking the Code of Life Source: www.chicagoagr.org Name: Hour Date Assignment is due: end of the hour Day of Week Date: Why late? Date Score: If your project was late, describe why 1. Eric Lander describes the human genome as being like a parts list. How is the genome like a parts list? _ _ _ 2. How are all humans nearly identical at the genetic level? _ _ _ 3. About what percentage of the genes in a banana are also in a human? ______ Why is this figure so high? _ _ _ 4. In 1989, scientists discovered the first disease-causing gene in humans. What was the disease? _ What was wrong with the gene? _ _ 5. It was long thought that humans had around 100,000 genes. The initial survey of the human genome indicated that there were only about _________________ genes in humans. Page | 1 Copyright 2010 by Craig Kohn, Agricultural Sciences, Waterford WI. This source may be freely used and distributed provided the author is cited. 6. What interesting fact about human genes allows humans to be so much more complex than something like a fruit fly? _ _ _ 7. Scientists working on the Human Genome Project found that the chromosomes were not packed with one gene after another. How are genes distributed on the chromosomes? How much of the chromosomes are actually genes? _ _ _ Page | 2 Copyright 2010 by Craig Kohn, Agricultural Sciences, Waterford WI. This source may be freely used and distributed provided the author is cited.