Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Genetics Resources

A great website for genetics and dna is dnaftb.org 

For the Gregor Mendel Animation go to http://www.dnaftb.org/1/animation.html

A site about Mendel and his experiments: http://anthro.palomar.edu/mendel/mendel_1.htm 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Cancer Brochure Project

Cancer is the uncontrolled reproduction of abnormal cells (uncontrolled mitosis.) There are many types of cancer, some of which are fatal or require very intense, expensive and unpleasant treatment. Different types of cancer affect different groups of people and have different symptoms, risk factors and treatments. Your job during this assignment is to become an expert on one type of cancer and create a professional looking brochure to educate others about that type of cancer. 

1.     You will create a brochure that could help someone who has just been diagnosed with a particular kind of cancer to understand his or her disease and its treatment options.

2.     Choose the type of cancer you will be researching.

Bladder, Kidney, Osteosarcoma (bone cancer), Brain  Leukemia (blood cancer)Pancreatic, BreastLiver, Cancer ,Prostate, ColonLung Cancer, Skin Cancer (not melanoma), Endometrial (uterus), Melanoma (Skin Cancer), Gastric (stomach)Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (immune system) - Or you may select another type of cancer. 

3.     To make your brochure, use Microsoft Publisher (Office program), another program, or neatly do it by hand. fold paper into three equal sections and number pages as follows:


Page 1: Cancer type
Some graphic or drawing
Your name and period

Page 2: Symptoms associated with this type of cancer
Page 3: Risk factors – what makes people more likely to get it? Is it genetic or caused by a carcinogen, or both?
Page 4: How common is it?
Is any particular group more likely to get it than another?

Page 5: Treatment Options
Page 6: Interesting facts
List all sources with full URLs

See your assignment sheet for point distribution and rubric. 

Some Sources to get you started


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Identifying Microorganisms

In this activity you will use MULTIPLE websites to try to identify some of the microorganisms you are observing in your sample of pond water. 

Use the following websites to help you identify as many of the organisms you can see in our pond water sample as possible. Draw detailed diagrams of the organisms you see and draw a comparison diagram from one of the websites.

You MUST try to identify the organisms you see in your water sample by using the images and descriptions you find on the websites. Take a look at several of the websites before you decide what you think the organisms are.

Pond Water Critters ID page

Pond Life ID kit

Virtual Pond Dip

AAAS Pond Water A Closer Look

Pond 2 – Life in a drop of Pond Water

Once you think you've identified a microorganism you may search for other images or videos of it online to confirm your identification.

For example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmwN_mD7TvY 
and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocv67Px49AA&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PL3900A98EEBD72DC2

Also try to identify any organelles you can in the microorganisms you observe. You may see nuclei or flagella or other organelles.
Flash Animation of Cells to DNA – Compares Eukaryotic cells to bacteria and zooms from chromosomes to chromatin to dna.

Cell Size and Scale - interactive