Bioinformatics and the Human Genome Project

  • Addresses how and why computers are essential for analyzing the data produced by the Human Genome Project
  • Grades 9–12 | © 2003 | Standards based
  • Five lessons designed to be taught in sequence
  • Developed using the BSCS 5E Instructional Model
  • A Human Genome Project Curriculum Supplement
  • This complimentary module is available in the BSCS eStore or you can download the entire publication in PDF format

Bioinformatics and the Human Genome Project provides teachers with background information about development and applications of bioinformatics. The inquiry-based classroom lessons create a scenario where students play the roles of employees of a fictitious biotechnology company. Using a website developed specifically for this module, students analyze sequence data to look for genes, perform a BLAST search to obtain clues to gene function, and assess the extent of genetic variation among their samples. Although genetic databases are important to medical research, they raise ethical issues as well. The module presents students with a dilemma relating to issues of informed consent and the privacy of genetic information.

This curriculum supplement was funded by the Department of Energy.

Student Lessons

  1. Assembling DNA Sequences
  2. Finding Features in the Genetic Landscape
  3. Mining the Genome
  4. Genetic Variation and Disease
  5. An Informed Consent Dilemma

Click here to download Bioinformatics and the Human Genome Project in PDF format.

Visit the student link to the fictitious biotechnology company at Onconomic Corporation.