Genetic Testing Activity

Genetic Testing Activity
Genetic Testing Activity
Genetic Testing Activity
Genetic Testing Activity
Genetic Testing Activity
Genetic Testing Activity
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This is an activity that I developed to help students think about the types of information generated by genetics testing services like 23 And Me. The activity uses sample reports available from the 23 And Me website. Using these reports I created a number of questions to help students work through the sample reports, and to think about the genetic information that is available.

I have used this as a stand-alone activity in my unit on genetics - I wanted to generate critical thinking about what kinds of information are available from genetic testing services (and for that matter, what information could be available, but is not). It could also be used to generate further discussion about the ethics of genetic testing, what sorts of information is generated and kept by for-profit biotech companies, and whether students would choose to submit their DNA for testing.

The entire activity should take between one and two, 45-minute class periods. The actual reports can be hosted on a website while the assignment can be done on paper (the reports are several pages in length, so printing would be costly. The actual assignment is about 4 pages in length, so you can print it out and have students access the sample genetic reports online to complete the assignment).

This link to a short video produced by 23 And Me will help set up the activity:


My products are free, but I would appreciate it if you took a moment to provide feedback so I can improve them. Please rate any of my activities that you download and/or shoot me an email with suggestions for improvement. Thanks!
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20 pages
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1 hour
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