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DiscoverGenomics! Science Education Program


All laboratory activities are designed to help teachers target No Child Left Behind standards, which incorporate National Science Content Standards as well as local Core Curriculum Goals and Science Standards. Students are encouraged to explore careers and current research topics in genomics and bioscience.

Activity Summary
Mystery of the Crooked Cell Students use gel electrophoresis to distinguish between normal and sickle cell hemoglobin protein.

In Your Kitchen

An activity to facilitate learning about cells and the structures inside of them. Students extract and visualize DNA from different types of tissue.

Caffeine Critters

Students observe daphnia and the effects alcohol and caffeine have on the organism and its heart rate.


Students model the spread of disease in a population by the sharing of simulated "body fluids." After spread of the disease students assay their shared samples using ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay).


Students model the spread of disease in a population by the sharing of simulated body fluids. NOTE: This activity is a shorter alternative to ELISA.

A Love Letter

Students use paper chromatography to determine which pen was used to write a letter from a secret admirer.

Case of the Bloody Statuette

Students put their skills to work for a private investigation firm investigating a local mystery using DNA profiling.

The Crucial Concentration

Students use the Lowry Assay to determine which of three sports drinks has the highest concentration of protein.

Peas in a Pod

Students determine the mode of inheritance of a genetic condition by analyzing DNA samples.

Acid Rain

Students test the pH of common household products and examine the effects of acid rain on the environment.

Cleaning Up Oil Spills

Students examine the effects of oil on birds and develop ways to clean up water contaminated with oil using detergent and oileating microbes.

Cow's Eye Dissection

Students will dissect and examine a preserved cow eye.