Inheritance, DNA and variation

These resources introduce students to inheritance and DNA. The list provides a range of activities, lesson ideas, film clips, background information, practical tips and suggested teaching strategies which link to the following statements in the 2014 National Curriculum:

• heredity as the process by which genetic information is transmitted from one generation to the next
• a simple model of chromosomes, genes and DNA in heredity, including the part played by Watson, Crick, Wilkins and Franklin in the development of the DNA model
• the variation between individuals within a species being continuous or discontinuous, to include measurement and graphical representation of variation.

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