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Using Genetic Techniques - COSEE Coastal Trends

Lesson Plan 

Students conduct “virtual labs” to explore how scientists extract DNA from samples, amplify the DNA (PCR/Polymerase Chain Reaction), and study the DNA (gel electrophoresis).

Concept: Ocean microbes
Microbes are an important component of ocean life.

National Science Education Standards
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K-12 Unifying Concepts and Processes
Evidence, models, and explanation

9-12 A Science as Inquiry
Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
Understandings about scientific inquiry

9-12 C Life Science
The cell
Molecular basis of heredity
Biological evolution

9-12 F Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
Personal and community health

Ocean Literacy Essential Principles (PDF booklet): 5. The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems (concept b)

Life on an Ocean Planet text reference (book link): Chapter 5 A Survey of Life in the Sea 5:16-20