DNA and Genetic Variation

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Ideal for grades 9-12, students are introduced to types of mutation that occur during DNA transcription and translation. A modeling activity helps students to understand genetic mutation, and a real-world example of how cancer is linked to genetic mutation is examined.

After completing this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Explain DNA, on a high level
  • Understand the concept of genetic mutations, including: addition, deletion, duplication, and substitution mutations

Resources included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Student worksheet

Additional resources required:

  • White board / smartboard
  • Paper and pencils
  • Device with internet access (optional)