This short lesson is a modeling exercise to understand the structure of DNA and its relationship to nanoscale.
Indiana Biology Standards: B.5.1, B.5.2, B.5.3
Students will construct a DNA foldable.
Students will research the pros and cons of the synthesized DNA drug delivery system.
Downloadable Image in Color from https://www.yourgenome.org/activities/origami-dna
After reviewing the shape and structure of DNA, students will make aDNA foldable. This link provides downloadable images in color: http://www.yourgenome.org/activities/origami-dnaShow students various images of DNA origami and explains the potential uses.
Assign students to research the pros and cons of synthesized DNA drug delivery system in pairs, with each student taking either the pro or con side of the argument.
Give a handout out of at least 5 acceptable websites to complete research.
Students will then write a paragraph explaining their point of view.
- What could be an advantage of manipulating DNA?
- What could be a disadvantage of manipulating DNA?
This learning module was created by Nicole Simpsom, a participant in Indiana University-Purdue University’s NSF-Funded “Nanotechnology Experiences for Students and Teachers (NEST)” Program (Award # 1513112).