Teachers looking for ways to teach about DNA and other topics in genetics and bioscience can turn to the Genetic Science Learning Center at the University of Utah’s web site. The site features several animations and activities for learning about DNA, cells, molecules, and other genetics topics. Site visitors can virtually build a DNA molecule, transcribe and translate a gene, and see why a firefly’s tail glows. Other activities include using DNA to solve a mystery, finding out how genetics is being used to save endangered species, and learning about stem cells, addiction, gene therapy, cloning, and genetically modified food. In the “Make a Mad, Mad, Mad, Neuron” activity, students build their own monster neural circuits and must identify the parts of each neuron before completing the activity.
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