Teach the concepts of the central dogma of biology with a hands on activity of building cute creatures (bug babies) from candy! Students will practice transcribing DNA into RNA from a template, and then use the RNA sequence to build amino acids. Using a “protein decoder” will allow for translation of RNA into specific traits. Bug babies will then be built using marshmallows and other household supplies; demonstrating firsthand how the alteration of a few nucleotides can result in very different organismal phenotypes.
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Skyer, Melissa. (2019). Building creatures with the central dogma of biology. Opening the Pathway to Technician Careers: A Conference for Biology Teachers of Deaf Students, QUBES Educational Resources.
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