In this high school unit on genetics and heredity, students explore muscular condition (Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy) common to a group of boys. Students questions about what causes this condition leads to investigations about the role of proteins, DNA, and inheritance in the disorder. In the first part of this unit students figure out how heritable traits and disorders are related to the structure and function of proteins. In the second part of this unit students investigatehow we can use genetic engineering technologies to cure genetic disorders and explore the ethical implications of need technologies such as, CRISPR-Cas9.
This unit is part of the The inquiry hub (ihub) biology curriculum, a full-year high school biology course anchored in phenomena and aligned to NGSS.