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2007 GENA lesson plan: Understanding Basic Genetic Principles through Sickle Cell Anemia


The purpose of this unit was to make sure students have a basic concept of transcription, the genetic code, translation, and protein folding. The unit utilizes the sequence and structure of the globin gene to reinforce the genetic principles and introduces the students to Sickle Cell Anemia (SCA), a genetic disease par excellence. The goal is to give sufficient background so that students can apply their knowledge to real world situations and to synthesize the broader contexts and consequences of these basic genetic principles.