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Genetic Kinship: Following the Globin Gene Through Time 8-Station Kit

Product Highlights
  • Carolina Kits 3D®—Labs that use phenomena to support NGSS and 3D instruction
  • Meets the following NGSS Performance Expectation: HS-LS4-1
  • Includes FREE digital resources for teacher and student instructional support
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Product Details
Intermediate—Easy to perform; requires some background knowledge.

This kit introduces genetic similarity and variation by evolutionary processes. Students can examine the evolution of the globin gene family with 3 dynamic activities. In the first activity, students use magnetic nucleotide bases to model DNA and RNA structure. They generate a mutation in the sequence and investigate subsequent changes in the amino acid sequence. In the second activity, students focus on gene duplication by making cladograms. In the final activity, students model biotechnology techniques including restriction enzyme digestion, polymerase chain reaction, and gel electrophoresis to diagnose an individual with sickle cell anemia. This 8-Station Kit equips up to 32 students and includes free 1-year access to digital resources that support 3-dimensional instruction.

Product Features

  • Use model DNA nucleotides to complete a DNA analysis for the purposes of establishing a common ancestry and DNA kinship patterns.
  • Includes enough materials for 32 students.
  • Includes 1-year access to digital resources.

Time Requirement
Two 45-minute class periods.

Digital Resources
Includes 1-year access to digital resources that include a teacher’s manual, student guide, and more.

Performance Expectation(s)

Related Performance Expectation(s)

Crosscutting Concepts
Patterns DCI: LS4.A: Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity

Science and Engineering Practices
Developing and Using Models
Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information


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