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Building creatures with the central dogma of biology

By Melissa Skyer

National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology

Activity that demonstrates how nucleotide changes can affect phenotypes

Listed in Teaching Materials | resource by group Opening the Pathway to Technician Careers: A Conference for Biology Teachers of Deaf Students

Version 1.0 - published on 02 Dec 2019 doi:10.25334/FF4P-JE38 - cite this

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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 biologyOpening the Pathway to Technician Careers: A Conference for Biology Teachers of Deaf Students, QUBES Educational Resources.

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