GENIE jumping genes

The aim of this activity is for students to use tiddlywinks to represent sections of jumping genes, which they then flick onto a poster which is representative of a section of the human genome. Where their "gene" lands either will or will not disrupt the gene and may then cause disease. An accompanying PowerPoint presentation is used for students to look up the gene on which their jumping gene has landed and information is provided about what cause (if any) this will have.

What this activity will demonstrate is:

  • That our genomes are not static
  • How disrupting a genome effects us and what diseases are caused as a result
  • That this is a common event in plant genomes 

This resource is part of the Post 16 genetics and genomics collection of resources.

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