Human Genome Project

Human Genome Project


What is the human genome project?  In this engage experiment you will get a brief introduction watching this video from Athgene.






What exactly is the human genome project?  Learn more by reading “An overview of the human genome project” by the National Human Genome Research Institute.

To learn more about the human genome, watch the following video “The Race to Sequence the Human Genome.”


For this activity you will work through an interactive, hyperlinked timeline of genetics that takes the user from Mendel (1865) to the completion of the mapping of the human genome in 2003.  Use this link to learn more.


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Suppose a genetic disease runs in your family.  Researchers have just been able to identify the gene that causes this disease that impacts you directly.  Because of the human genome project, you can take a quick and easily determine if you have the gene or not.   Explore 23 and me genetic testing to learn more about these tests in the real world. If you were able, would you want to know the results?  Does your answer change even if there wasn’t a cure? Explain the advantages and disadvantages of having this sort of information.


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The human genome project was the culmination of decades long research that brought together information using the latest available technology.   For this elaborate experiment, you will need to create a music album cover, “Genomes Greatest Hits.”  With this concept in mind, you will select 5 scientists that contributed to the human genome project from this list.   Once you select the 5 scientists, you need to create a song title for each scientist that represents their significant contribution.  Compose your project in a presentation and include images for each person.   Use this rubric to evaluate your work.

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After completing this learning experience, reflect on how you learned through this lesson.  What type of information was simplest to find on the internet?  What proved to be more difficult?  What makes something more difficult to research than others based on your learning?