This biotechnology packet contains a series of questions which correspond to free virtual labs which focus on the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), gel electrophoresis, DNA microarray analysis, reproductive cloning, and stem cell biology. While the labs themselves are wonderful resources, I wished they included worksheets for the students to complete to keep them focused on the material. As a result, I decided to create some! They are a great way to expose high school students to the steps of genetic research without breaking your budget. An 11 question quiz is also included, with an answer key. There are three investigations:
1) Biotechnology Virtual Labs (exposes students to the steps of polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and gel electrophoresis. Students will also use what they learned to solve a virtual crime with DNA fingerprints.)
2) DNA Microarray Virtual Lab (students will follow the steps of creating a DNA microarray in order to compare gene expression in cancerous and healthy skin tissue)
3) Cloning and Stem Cells Virtual Labs (students walk through the steps of cloning a mouse through nuclear transfer and explore the functions and locations of stem cells in their body)
Rather than completing all three of these virtual labs in a row, I break them up with my usual notes on biotechnology and genetics. Conducting all three virtual labs in a row would probably result in information overload! Each virtual lab takes about 40-50 minutes to complete. An answer key and post-station quiz has been included at the end of this document for your reference.
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