Resources

Gene expression

Wear a Chimp on Your Wrist 1 and 2

Two linked activities. Wear a Chimp 1 explores the structure of DNA through the rules of base pairing, and the students produce a DNA bracelet. Wear a Chimp 2 investigates the way the genetic code specifies a sequence of amino acids, and the students produce a matching protein bracelet. Both activities also demonstrate the similarities, and differences, between the DNA sequences of different species.

Resource: GENIE Wear a Chimp 1 and 2
Age range: 11-14 / 14-16
Approach: Modelling activity

What Makes a Firefly Glow?

An animated example of transcription and translation from Learn.Genetics, the Genetic Science Learning Center of the University of Utah (US).

Resource: Learn Genetics website
Software: Macromedia FlashAge range: 16-18
Approach: Animation

Animation of Translation

An excellent animation on You Tube.This is made by the NDSU Virtual Cell Animations project. Click here for more information.

Resource: YouTube
Age range: 11-14 / 14-16 / 16-18
Approach: Animation

Transcribe and Translate a Gene

Interactive tutorial from Learn.Genetics, the Genetic Science Learning Center of the University of Utah (US).

Resource: Learn Genetics website
Software: Macromedia FlashAge range: 11-14 / 14-16
Approach: Interactive tutorial

The Basics of RNA

Tutorial on DNA, RNA and proteins from Learn.Genetics, the Genetic Science Learning Center of the University of Utah (US). Examines evidence for the role of RNA in the origin of life.

Resource: Learn Genetics website
Software: Macromedia Flash
Age range: 11-14 / 14-16
Approach: Games and quizzes