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Fishy Genetics

Module Summary
Fishy Genetics is a teaching module designed to introduce high school students to DNA with emphasis on structure, function, and inheritance. This module uses the fellow’s research organism, the longhorn sculpin, as a way to pull real science into the classroom, encouraging student interest. The activities focus on hands-on manipulation of DNA, both through physical interaction and creative expression. Students completing this module should be able to explain how scientists can use DNA to
enhance their quality of life through genetic screening, criminal justice, and family planning.

Grade Levels

Module Materials (view or download)
DNA Candy Modeling
DNA Extraction
Gel Electrophoresis
Mendelian Genetics

Module Activity Overview Estimated Class Time
DNA Candy Modeling 1 (90 min) class
DNA Extraction 1 (90 min) class
Gel Electrophoresis 1 (90 min) class
Mendelian Genetics 1 (60 min) class


Last updated: 3/9/2015