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Cell Differentiation and Epigenetics

Red blood cells and skin cellsIn this analysis and discussion activity, students answer minds-on questions as they learn about the differentiation of specialized cell types, including the role of changes in epigenetic control of gene expression during cell differentiation.

Students also learn about environmental influences on epigenetic control of gene expression and the need for cell division and differentiation even in a fully grown adult.

The Student Handout is available in the first two attached files and as a Google doc, designed for use in online instruction and distance learning. (For additional instructions, see, especially item 7.) The Teacher Notes, available in the last two attached files, provide instructional suggestions and background information and explain how this activity is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.

epigenetics SHO.docx21.74 MB
epigenetics SHO.pdf531.68 KB
epigenetics TN.docx121.35 KB
epigenetics TN.pdf586.89 KB


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