Protein Synthesis: Determining the Traits of a Mystery Organism Through Translation and Protein Synthesis.
This fun DNA and RNA activity teaches students how to read the code of messenger RNA codons and translate the code to determine the proteins that are made.
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.
This activity is suitable for biology students in grades 9-12.
In this lab, the student will be creating a 'mystery organism'. The student must determine which proteins will be made to produce the mystery organism. By simulating the process of protein synthesis, the traits of the organism will be determined.
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.
Colored Pencils and Paper
Your 7 page download will include a lab that is ready to be 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.
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