Model Organisms: The Genes We Share

Why spend millions of dollars and countless hours studying worms, yeast, fish, and mice? These creatures look and act so differently from us, yet we are more related than you may think. In this unit, students explore the structure and function of DNA, discover our relatedness to other organisms, learn the characteristics of the ideal model organism, and create trading cards that summarize why model organisms are important in scientific research.

Author: Anna Glasgow

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