What is an Assignment Calendar? This is an easy to search chronological archive of our unit! I will post what we did in class, assignments, reminders, announcements and updates as needed. How does this benefit you? This is a place where you can go to check out what we did during the day (if you were missing school) and is a place where I will be posting assignments, some extra resources, or links to blog posts of the assignment. This post will be very helpful to you if you would like to check on a past resource or assignment if needed!
Wednesday, September 6
- Supplies / textbook
- SDS exemplar – Due December 14
- All of your handouts will be located on SHELF 1
- Homework board
- Animals in the room
- Return bin and supplies, hand in bins
- SnapChat Group – BLOCK ME FROM YOUR STORIES 🙂
- Lab Safety
Thursday, September 6
- Begin Jurassic World – keep notes on any evidence of evolution, genetics, and biotechnology – we will discuss at the end of each day.
Friday, September 7
- Continue Jurassic World – keep notes on any evidence of evolution, genetics, and biotechnology – we will discuss at the end of each day.
Monday, September 10
- Finish Jurassic World
- Bioethics survey
- Skype a Scientist: Our Scientist!
- I have a broad interest in genetics and evolution at the molecular level. At the moment my lab works on quite a diverse range of things, from horizontal gene transfer in bacteria, over sickle cell disease in animals other than human, to the evolution of chromatin in archaea (including organisms that grow at pH1 and 60ºC). If there’s anything, in particular, you want to cover during the Skype session, let me know and I can do some prep work.
Tuesday, September 11
- History of Biotechnology – this is a VERY important video for the entire course.
- DNA electrophoresis
- Remember – Olivia and Hazzard – you are to find CURRENT research and information on DNA electrophoresis for Monday. This is an informal presentation – just find something current – show us the article/video and why it is important to research and how it will affect us in the future.
- Pre-lab M & M electrophoresis
Wednesday, September 12
- Gel Electrophoresis lab today. The following questions are required research for the lab – they will be due Thursday. They are to be handed into the basket by 3:20. The above video MIGHT help you out a bit – but you will have to find other sources. Each source must be noted. It might be helpful to create a collaborative GoogleDoc for your group to work on. Only have to submit one per group. /28 marks
- 1. Where do we get agarose from? (1)
- 2. What type of molecule is agarose? (1)
- 3. As agarose forms a gel it takes on a helical structure, what other molecules have helical structures? (1)
- 4. What are the roles of the batteries? What does this tell you about the molecules making up the dyes? (2)
- 5. Why are the wells closest to the negative pole? (1)
- 6. If the molecules move towards the positive charge then they are (what charge)? (1)
- 7. Look at some food labels on the food you eat. Find 3 food dyes used. Show a picture of each label. (3)
- 8. How are the batteries connected? Think back to grade 9 science! What is the total voltage? (2)
- 9. There appear to be gas bubbles at the electrodes, offer an explanation. (2)
- 10. White a brief explanation of how electrophoresis works including these terms: agarose, sieve, molecule size, molecular charge, anode, cathode, buffer, wells. (8)
- 11. Include a photo of your gel – which colours were the best match? Worst match? Explain why (you can write on the photo to help with your explanation). (4)
- 12. Other than DNA fingerprinting (paternity testing, crime scene testing), what else is DNA electrophoresis used for? Do not just submit a list – rather pick one and tell us why it is important and how it is helping society as a whole. (2)
Thursday, September 13
- Remember – Riley and Kade – you are to find CURRENT research and information on CRISPR for Monday. This is an informal presentation – just find something current – show us the article/video and why it is important to research and how it will affect us in the future.
- Designer DNA – Netflix explained – if you were absent from class, you must watch this! If you do not have a Netflix account, come and see me at noon to watch the video.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qif2Ex3AIUs
Monday, September 17
- Stem Cells – we did not finish this topic and will continue it tomorrow. The following video does have some strong language – but the message is good.
Tuesday, September 18
- Began SDS today – Topics are due to Mrs. McCormick by this FRIDAY
Wednesday, September 19
- We finished looking at stem cells today and then went onto gene therapy and began cloning! LOTS to talk about.
Thursday, September 20
- Skype a Scientist – Dusting Growick
Friday, September 21
- We finished talking about cloning – we used the simulation “Let’s Clone Mimi” to understand how cloning is done – you WILL need to know this for your final assessment.
- Next, we began a conversation about vaccines. We watched a John Oliver video – please be aware that there is very strong language in this video – do not watch it if you are uncomfortable with strong language. The video does have a good message about his opinions on vaccinations. We will continue our talk on Monday once we are done speaking with our Skype A Scientist meeting.