The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) will be participating in the 2016 USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. on April 16-17, 2016. Fun and engaging science activities will be presented for all to experience!
For more information visit http://www.usasciencefestival.org/
Video (left): Drs. Eric Green and Carla Easter from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) demonstrate how to extract DNA from strawberries using everyday household items.
Watch the video on YouTube
Every living organism has DNA. Create your own DNA bracelet using colorful beads that correspond to a segment of DNA sequence from a domestic cat, platypus or a wooly mammoth, among other animals.
This activity was adapted from the Carnegie Academy for Science's Secrets' N Sequences activity developed by Dr. Toby Horn and students from Ballou Senior High School (Washington, D.C.) and McKinley Technology High School (Washington, D.C.).
What genetic traits do you have? For example, can you roll your tongue? Come find out and fill out your tree of genetic traits. Each of your traits is written on a leaf that you can paste onto your tree of genetic traits. Then, you can talk to family members and make leaves for them too.
Go to: A Tree of Genetic Traits
This activity was adapted from the University of Utah Genetic Science Learning Center
Take a tour of the Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms and the Genomic Careers Resource, then challenge yourself to the quizzes that are part of these online resources.
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Last Updated: October 22, 2015