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Summer SAVY 2016 (Session 2, Day 2) – Genetics I (Dr. Zeiger)

Posted by on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 in Grade 3, Grade 4, SAVY.

Today was all about DNA! Using detergent to get thru that membrane and ethanol to precipitate the DNA, we found that with enough cells you can visibly see DNA! We went on to investigate traits within our class and began to determine how our DNA somehow codes for these traits with the help of messenger RNA and transfer RNA. Students then got to see scientists and robots in action at the VANTAGE lab.

Later, the Crazy Creatures came out of their boxes allowing students to explore their different traits including wings, crab hands, pointed tails, and a combination of red and green eyes. By looking at our population of creatures, students hypothesized what traits were due to dominant or recessive genes. Interestingly, most students predicted dominant genes would be the most prevalent in population. Tomorrow we will see if their hypothesis is right!

See you tomorrow!

Dr. Zeiger and Ms. Jordyn