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Inversions and deletions-too complex for middle schoolers?


Dear Rhonda,
If I were teaching middle school, I would not use the Dragon Genetics activity we have posted because of its complexities, including inversion and deletion of genes. I think that for middle school students these complexities detract from learning the basic concepts. Therefore, I suggest that you could modify the Word version of the handouts to simplify the posted lab, or you could use one of the simpler activities available on the web. Unfortunately, I don't have appropriate links for you readily available, but one possible starting place would be Dr. Pamela Esprivalo Harrell's "Dragon Genetics" in the January 1997 issue of Science Scope, 20:4, 33-37.
Ingrid Waldron




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