This tutorial will introduce you to classical, molecular and evolutionary genetics. Through labs, readings, activities, problem-solving and discussions, you will answer five “Big Questions” in modern genetics:
- What is a gene? Students will be able to model
the anatomy of a gene, explain what a gene does, and demonstrate how and why it
- What is “genomics”? Students will be able to explain
what a genome is and work directly with sequenced genomes to answer
biomedically relevant questions.
- How do we find (identify) genes for particular
traits? Students will be able to
discover the location of a gene on a chromosome, and perform reverse genetic
techniques to identify gene function.
- How do we figure out how genes work? Students will be able to predict
the outcome of a cross with respect to simple genetic traits, and directly
manipulate the expression of the genes of living organisms in order to identify
- How can we use genetics/genomics to improve our
lives? Students will determine when animal models are
useful in answering questions regarding gene function, and describe the
possible roles of genetics research and applications in modern society.
- Teacher: Rose Reynolds