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Linking Physical Science to Molecular Biology

Module Summary
Molecular biology is a scientific discipline with a wide range of applications that affect us on a daily basis. For example, the creation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has led to many benefits, one of which is higher crop yields. However, most students are often unaware of the scientific concepts and principles behind many of these biotechnologies. This might be due to the fact that this field of study overlaps many science disciplines. Furthermore, many students often fail to make the connections across the various disciplines. Through this lesson, students will examine the principles behind gel electrophoresis after performing a number of hands-on activities on electricity and magnetism. The concepts explored through these activities will help students appreciate the interdisciplinary nature of science.

Grade Levels

Module Materials (view or download)
Series and Parallel Circuits
Simple DC Motor
DNA Agarose Gel Electrophoresis

Module Activity Overview Estimated Class Time
Electricity 1 (90 min) class
Series and Parallel Circuits 1 (90 min) class
Magnetism 1 (90 min) class
Simple DC Motor 1 (90 min) class
Gel Electrophoresis 1 (90 min) class


Last updated: 3/10/2015