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Many times students have trouble with the concepts involved in protein synthesis. This is a fun activity that reinforces transcription and translation. Students are given a DNA template and must determine the complimentary mRNA sequence, tRNA sequence, and amino acid sequence.
In this lab, you will be creating a 'mystery organism'. You must determine which proteins will be made to produce your mystery organism. You will be simulating the process of protein synthesis to determine the traits this organism will inherit. Your mystery organism belongs to the Animal Kingdom. If is made up of 6 different genes (A, B, C, D, E, and F). Each of these genes is responsible for a certain trait.
1. To see how the genes on a chromosome determine the characteristics of an organism.
3. To observe transcription and translation from a DNA template.
Materials: Colored Pencils Paper
Your 7 page download will include a lab that is ready to photocopied and passed out to your students. It will include: Title, Introduction, Purpose, Safety Precautions, Materials, Procedure, Follow Up Questions.
You can choose to have your students write their own lab reports, or you can use the included Student Data Pages on which they can record their data and answers.
I have included a "Teacher Preparation Page" that includes pre-lab discussion, answers to all questions, and some post lab follow up ideas. You will receive two versions of the lab: a PDF and a Word document so that you can make changes if you wish.
Please download my free preview to see if this activity is right for your students.
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