Overview of Genetic Testing Unit

The Bio-ITEST genetic testing curriculum is designed for high school students in grades 9-12.  In a series of eight lessons, students are introduced to the idea of genetic testing and the implications for managing information about their personal health.  Through this curriculum, students:

  • Learn how to navigate databases at the NCBI
  • Explore the story of a family debating whether or not to get genetic testing for mutations related to breast cancer
  • Compare and align DNA sequences to identify family members' samples that contain mutations in BRCA1
  • Work with molecular structures to understand how a common mutation changes the structure of the BRCA1 protein
  • Utilize a process for evaluating genetic risks
  • Learn about bioinformatics careers
  • Work through activities to assess understanding

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