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High school lesson plan topics - Genetics

Am I a Carrier of Cystic Fibrosis?

After being introduced to the idea that individuals can be tested to see if they are carriers for the genetic disease, cystic fibrosis, students engage in a simulated testing for carrier status and then discuss all of the bioethical implications of such information.

Chromosomal Abnormality Investigation?

Students research a variety of chromosomal abnormalities and resulting syndromes to determine risk factors for and contributors to the abnormalities, and characteristics of the syndrome. Students use the Internet, especially resources from the National Center on Biotechnology Information, to do research and create a PowerPoint presentation.


This lesson plan will enable students to learn karyotyping as part of cytogenetics and all the information that can be supplied by karyotyping.

Genetic Screening: Who Should Be Tested?

Students will address the bioethics of genetic screening though lecture and three learning modules. The three learning modules will investigate the incidence of a gene related to breast cancer within a family and different issues the family could face.

Making Connections between Genes and Diseases

Individual student research will be pooled to create one class PowerPoint presentation entitled, "The Human Genome: 23 Chromosomes in 23 Chapters”. Each student will choose a different chromosome on which to research one gene associated with a particular condition or disorder.

Sex-Linked Chromosomal Disorders

Pedigrees showing heredity and family traits of sex-linked chromosomal disorders will be discussed to understand how these disorders are inherited. Based on this information, students will create projects on the different types of muscular dystrophy.

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