Students often find the topic of DNA quite a tricky one. Through exposure in the media and popular science, students are aware of the molecule and know that genes are used to carry information. However, a great deal more detail is required by the specifications and there is always the risk that students have deep-held misconceptions. For example, in the relative scale of the molecule, nucleus and whole cell.

In this list, several of the resources look to assist students in gaining an in-depth understanding of the structure of the DNA molecule. Using models and animations help to provide a range of ways in which students can tackle this abstract concept.

Finally, an animation that shows how DNA is used to drive protein synthesis is included. This is a very tricky process and time should be set aside to make sure that it is understood.

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