Genetics is a relatively new branch of Biology. Genetics is concerned with the study of how information is passed from one generation to the next generation, how this information is changed into the life forms we see and what happens when the process encounters errors. Chapter 11: Introduction to Genetics This chapter begins with the foundational genetic work of Gregor Mendel. Then students learn how to predict what offspring from a particular mating are expected to be. Next students will examine how the sex cells or an organism are formed. Your tasks for this lesson are to Read Chapter 11 in Section 4 Course Pack Complete the DNA Extraction Lab Complete Questions 1 – 11, 13 – 17, 19 – 25 on pages 332 – 333 of Section 4 Course Pack [Assignment 7]. Have this corrected before you attempt the test. Write the test for Chapter 11. Chapter 12: DNA In Chapter 12, students will study details of the chemical structure of DNA – the molecule that makes up our genetic material, the various roles it plays in organisms, and how cells produce more DNA. Your tasks for this chapter are to Read chapter 12 in Section 4 of the course pack. Complete Questions 1 – 4, 6, 9 – 15, 18 – 24 on pages 356 – 357 of Section 4 Course Pack [Assignment 8] Chapter 13: RNA & Protein Synthesis In Chapter 13, students will study details of the chemical structure of RNA, molecules that enable the genetic information found in DNA to be transformed into proteins, the process of that transformation and what happens when there is a mistake in the DNA information or the process. Your tasks for this chapter are to Read Chapter 13 in Section 4 of the course pack. Watch the video clip , “ Protein Synthesis” on the BioFlix DVD available at the campus library’s reserve desk Complete the Protein synthesis Lab [Lab 6] Complete Questions 1 – 15, 18 – 24, 26 – 33, on pages 386 - 388 of Section 4 Course Pack [Assignment 9] Write the test for Chapter 12 and Chapter 13 [test 6] Chapter 14: Human Heredity In this chapter students will delve deeper into genetics by studying the transmission and expression of a variety of human traits. You will also explore the impact of sex on the expression of genes and how sex is determined. Your tasks for this chapter are to Read Chapter 14 in Section 4 Course Pack Complete Questions 1 – 6, 8 – 14, on page 412 and Questions 26 – 28, 31 – 33 on page 414. [Assignment 10] Chapter 15: Genetic Engineering The focus of this chapter is genetic engineering – its processes, uses, advancements, and the ethical issues associated with this technology. Your tasks for this chapter are to Read Chapter 15 in Section 4 Course Pack Complete one option in the bioethical assignment that follows. [Assignment 11] Bioethical Assignment You have a choice of media for this assignment. You may deliver a presentation to your class, you may write a research paper or you may (with one other person) present a debate in class. Choose one topic from the list below. You may agree or disagree with the statement in your assignment. If you are interested in pursuing a topic not listed, have the topic approved by the instructor before proceeding. Presentation Requirements 15 minutes in length 5+ references, minimum of 3 formats, none older than 5 years PowerPoint slideshow o 15 slides Title Body References (1-2 slides may be used) (APA Format) Body o o o Background of issue / topic (who, what, when, where) Importance (why) Your position Arguments to support your position Details to support arguments Research Paper Requirements 800 - 1000 words, double-spaced APA format o Title page o Table of contents o Use of headings o In-text citations & References Introduction o Background of issue / topic (who, what, when, where) o Overview of your paper Body o Importance (why) o Your position Arguments (minimum of 3) to support your position Details to support arguments Conclusion Debate Forum (2 – 4 people) 8 minutes of pro presentation 8 minutes of con presentation 2 minutes of con rebuttal 2 minutes of pro rebuttal Audience questions (5 minutes) Vote by the audience Topic List 1. Stem cells from aborted fetuses and umbilical cords should be used for research. 2. Genetic fingerprints should be required before reproduction to reduce the occurrence of genetic diseases that cost health care systems much money. 3. Life / Health insurance companies should use genetic fingerprints when setting premiums. 4. Governments of developing countries who are facing famine are justified in refusing food aid from other countries if the food being offered is produced from genetically modified crops. 5. Significant efforts of time, personnel and money should be channeled into perfecting human cloning.