Friday, January 19, 2007 - 08:43
The American Society for Human Genetics is sponsoring the second annual DNA Day Essay contest. If you are a high school teacher here's your chance to combine an interesting assignment along with a contest. This year's essay questions are:
- If you could be a human genetics researcher, what would you study and why?
- In what ways will knowledge of genetics and genomics make changes to health and health care in the US possible?
- Stories about people who have a genetic disease.
- The inheritance pattern of a genetic disease - is it dominant, recessive. etc.
- Use the Gene database at the NCBI to find the gene sequence, mRNA sequence(s), and protein sequence(s).
- Find out where polymorphisms or mutations are located in the gene, using OMIM (the on-line Mendelian Inheritance in Man database).
- See where mutations map in the three dimensional structure of a protein.
- See how to search scientific literature and find freely accessible journal articles.