Genetics & DNA Lab

Genetics & DNA Lab

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Grades: 5-AD

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Choking Hazard
  • Small parts Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Description:

Although this kit does include the popular "isolate DNA from a fruit or vegetable" experiment, it also contains manipulatives and activities that explore Mendel's Rules of Heredity, cell structure, chromosomes, DNA structure and duplication, codons and amino acids, and bacterial growth as it is related to genetic engineering. In fact, it's a great accompaniment to any textbook unit or stand-alone course on genetics. The 48-page experiment manual is at the heart of the kit, and includes all of the activity procedures, explanations, and a fun background story about bank robbers who leave drops of blood and cigarettes at the scene of the crime. There are 20 experiments or activities in all, although some of them are parts of the same multi-phase project. The kit kicks off with the showstopper project, isolating DNA from a tomato. Now that young researchers have "seen" and "touched" actual DNA, they expand their knowledge into genetics by exploring the rules of heredity with colored chips and a Punnett Square, organize chromosome cards into pairs, build a DNA model, show how DNA duplication works using their model, determining all possible base combinations, understanding genetic fingerprinting as used in solving crimes, and growing bacteria. All special materials are included, and household items that are also required are printed in italics in each experiment. Quiz questions are found throughout the booklet, camouflaged behind a red pattern, and a red transparent sheet is included to view the answers. With this kit's detailed explanations and specialized equipment, this is an excellent companion to learning about genetics. Jess

Publisher Description:

Head into the lab for an in-depth investigation of genetics, the branch of biology focused on heredity and variation in organisms, and DNA, the acid that holds the blueprints for life. See genetic material with your own eyes as you isolate the DNA from a tomato in a test tube. Investigate inheritance and learn how traits are passed down from parents to children. Learn about dominant and recessive genes and play inheritance games to determine how traits will be expressed. Learn about the biology of reproduction, the components of cells, and how chromosomes are combined and copied. Assemble a model to see the elegant double-stranded helical structure of DNA. Then crack the genetic code and find out how the different parts, called nucleotides, fit together. Analyze DNA evidence to identify suspects and solve a crime. Breed your own bacteria colony to experiment with survival of the fittest. Read about how mutation affects genes and how scientists clone plants and animals. Full-color, 48-page manual.

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Primary Subject
Science
Grade Start
5
Grade End
AD
EAN
814743016026
Format
Kit
Brand Name
Thames and Kosmos
Weight
0.8 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.12" x 10.25" x 2.62"
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It's a gift for our grandson, and our daughter chose this kit, because he is interested in the topic.
Daria on Oct 26, 2021
Need some hands on activities for biology class.
Laurie B on Apr 21, 2020
It's a gift for our grandson, and our daughter chose this kit, because he is interested in the topic.
Daria on Oct 26, 2021
goes along with curriculum study, great extension and investigation of current curriculum
Alena C on Jul 21, 2021
Need some hands on activities for biology class.
Laurie B on Apr 21, 2020
Looking for hands on activity
Christie E on Nov 16, 2017
My son doesn't like textbooks.
Emily M on Oct 9, 2017
We are using this to supplement our biology class since our son is extremely squeamish about the human body.
Michelle P on Dec 19, 2016
My child is very interested in genetics and was excited about this kit to provide some hands on to his genetics unit.
Jan M on Jul 13, 2016
lends depth and kinetic learning experience to High school Biology unit on genetics.
carina m on May 31, 2016
My son loves dinosaurs and is interested in learning more about DNA due to this interest. Thought this would be a great intro!
Brenna C on Dec 16, 2015
goes along with curriculum study, great extension and investigation of current curriculum
Alena C on Jul 21, 2021
Looking for hands on activity
Christie E on Nov 16, 2017
Do you need to have a microscope?
Teresa on Aug 26, 2021
BEST ANSWER: This kit does not require a microscope.
Will this test work for siblings?
christina m on Jul 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Hi. We used this for homeschooling one child and really liked it. But it could be done as a group as everyone observes the experiments together.
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