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Control of Gene Expression
Creating Body Plans
Modification of Genes and Proteins
Stem Cells, Cell determination, and Cell Signaling
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Topics in Genetics and Development Project
The goal of this project is to have you delve deeper into areas of genetics and development that we will be covering in class. By looking into these advanced topics, many of which are subjects of very active research, you will develop a better understanding of the basics. When you create your Power Points and Wiki pages you will need to find the balance between the basic and the advanced material. I can’t imagine that you can discuss genetic control, for example, without presenting transcription, or, epigenetics without presenting chromosome and DNA structure. However, you do not need to go into great detail about these. Your job is not to teach about the basics. Your job is to teach about the advanced concepts and use the basics as needed to help the rest of us understand.
You will work in teams of three unless I assign teams otherwise. You assemble the teams, I will assign the topics.
ap cell repro project rubric.docx
The cell cycle: stages, mitosis, control, CDK, telomeres
Cancer: characteristics, genetics, mutations, repair mechanisms
Control of gene expression: Transcription factors, epigenetics, transcript processing
Stem cells, cell determination and cell differentiation, cell signaling
Creating body plans: master genes (e.g. Hox, Bimp, Sonic Hedgehog etc.), early embryo development, cell signaling
Creating variation: Meiosis, spermatogenesis, oogenesis, fertilization, genomic imprinting
Modification of genes and proteins: transcript processing, protein folding, RNAi, gene repair
Creating bodies: implantation, invagination, gastrulation, neurulation, cephalization, organ formation
Self evaluation carefully describing your contributions to the project
Power point slides with notes
Presentation of Power Point in class (30 minutes)
Wiki page on same topic as power point including:
Information that is in the Power Point
Power point uploaded.
Use of (or creation of) video
10 Multiple choice review questions
1 AP style essay (with AP style answer key supplied to me.)
Chapters 12-17 cover the basics of the cell cycle, heredity and molecular genetics.
Chapters 18-21 and 46-47 cover more advanced topics in genetics, genetic control and development
to get you started. You should all check out all of these links:
The two sites above contain many articles that related to the above topics. These are written by researchers in the field. Be sure to check these out and try to use at least one article.
A great video about stem cells
A set of animations (flash) that illustrate the genetics of stem cells and cell differentiation
A video about RNAi
Two primers on molecular genetics
The best teaching source about cancer. Plan to spend awhile exploring this site
Examine all the stages of embryo development
Primers on meiosis, the cell cycle and cell division
A short video about epigenetics
Video on evo-devo
Primers on all aspects of genetics (including the basics as well as stem cells, and epigenetics).
Your project will be assessed on:
Thoroughness and accuracy of the science presented
Creative quality and effectiveness of the materials you use/create
Use of examples to explain concepts
You will be graded on your contributions to the project
Please see the rubric for complete details.
This project is worth 200 points.
for completion of wiki page and Power Point
for class presentations
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