Academic journal article Science Scope

Genetic Material Injected into the Headlines

Academic journal article Science Scope

Genetic Material Injected into the Headlines

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"Scientists Grow Pleistocene-Era Plants From Seeds Buried by Squirrels 30,000 Years Ago"

"Researchers Will Inject Mammoth DNA Into Elephant Eggs, Resurrecting 10,000-Year-Old Beast"

"DNA Helps to Flesh Out [the Alpine Iceman]"

"Did Abe Lincoln's Assassin Escape? DNA May Solve Mystery"

Students have always found genetics interesting, but headlines like these bring the subject to life and make it easier for us to design lessons that are much more engaging than the traditional drawing of Punnett squares to predict whether a pea plant will have a genotype of TT or Tt.

A Framework for K-12 Science Education gives genetics a prominent place in the middle school science curriculum by having two of the four Core Disciplinary Ideas in Life Science (LS 3 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits and LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity) deal with genetics (NRC 2012).

Genetics is important in middle school, not just because it is in the Framework or because students like it, but because genetic testing and gene-based medicine will play a large part in their lives as our understanding of genome sequences brings advances in molecular biology and refinements in health care in the coming decades.

Use the articles in this issue of Science Scope to give your students a better understanding of the role of genetics in their lives and in the evolution of life on Earth. …

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