For 10/27: DNA, RNA, Protein—The Central Dogma

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For class on Monday 10/27, please read EO Wilson’s Life on Earth chapter 10 or Biology 15.1-3, 15.6-9 and look over these slides on the Central Dogma.

Here are the news stories we listened to in class if you’d like to refer to them.

Here are the questions related to the media we looked at in class, which we’ll discuss on Monday:

NPR: From Kale To Pale Ale, A Love Of Bitter May Be In Your Genes

What is a gene?

How do different genes result in different experiences in tasting bitterness?

NOVA: Cracking the Code of Life

What’s a genome? What is the Human Genome Project?

Why are the parents healthy but their child has Tay-Sachs disease?

How can we understand this disease with what we know about protein structure and function?

What pattern of inheritance does Tay-Sachs disease follow?

NPR: New Genetic Test Screens Would-Be Parents

What is a genetic disease?

What does the test tell parents?

Why are only certain populations affected (more heavily) by certain genetic diseases?


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