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Jim Dixon's Biology Web

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Welcome to my Biology Web!
Here you will find links to the courses I teach at Sharon High School as well as links to interesting science web sites we'll use throughout the year. I'll add more as the year goes on.

Bio Honors Unit 8 PowerPoint

Kallin's unit 8 resources page

Unit 9: Heredity PPT

Kallin's unit 9 resources page (Heredity unit)

College Recommendation Requestionnaire

2014 Genetics Counselor Project

Introduction: Every day new discoveries are made in the field of genetics. As genetics has had an increasing impact on medicine, a new type of medical specialist, the genetics counselor has become important for many people. The genetics counselor works with patients affected by genetic disorder to educate them about the tests, symptoms, transmission and treatment of their disorder. By working alone or as a member of a pair, you will train as a genetics counselor and research a genetic disorder. You will then teach us about the disorder by creating a fictional case and presenting it as both a poster and a paper. By doing this, you will be learning, and using, the basic principles of human genetics in a real world situation. While you may work alone or in a pair in researching and presenting, you will be graded on your contributions to the group. Papers are to be done individually. No group grade will be given.

Reading: Text chapters 13 and 14 (other parts of the text may also be used) and your own research.


1. At our 9th Annual Genetics Counseling Symposium, you (and partner) will make a poster presentation about your case. Other Genetics counselors should be able to learn about the case you are presenting, as well as inheritance patterns and other important information (as listed earlier in this assignment. You will have to answer questions about the case. Visual aids (pedigrees, Punnett squares, photos, karyotypes) are required to help describe the information about the disorder.

2. Portfolio of your individual student research: You must have at least three sources of information. Please be sure that internet sources are reputable. You will be asked to turn in copies of ALL of your research.

3. An informational handout for members of the class. You are responsible for photocopying PRIOR to the conference.

4. Individual paper in which you present what you learned about the genetic disorder you researched. Be sure to discuss the fictional case you presented in class. (five to seven pages, 12 point font, 1.5 spacing)

Note: For both the poster and the paper, keep in mind that you are presenting a fictional case. Make up a situation (person, family, things that were said to you and things you said to them.) In this way, you “teach” about the condition. Do not simply write a “generic” paper on the condition.

The poster, the paper and the informational handout must include: Symptoms of the disease Family history and pedigree (if appropriate) that represents a typical case of this type – feel free to use your fictional case for this. Diagnosis and tests Modes of transmission (how the gene is carried in the sperm and egg, how it is passed on to future generations). Treatment and prognosis. Chances of offspring having the disease. PROJECT PATHFINDER

Genetics and Biotechnology Human Genome Chromosome Viewer Human Genome Project National Human Genome Research Institute Genetic Science Learning Center National Center for Biotechnology Information Genzyme Corporation Genetic Disease Foundation

Genes and disease: Genetic dictionary listing many disorders http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/bv.fcgi?call=bv.View..ShowTOC&rid=gnd.TOC&depth=2

Your genes, Your Health http://www.ygyh.org/

Genetics counseling info http://www.salary.com/careers/layouthtmls/crel_display_Cat10_Ser138_Par238.html


On-line Mendelian Inheritance in Man http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=OMIM

Genetics education web site http://www.kumc.edu/gec/

Genetics Counselor Research

Genetics Home reference

NIH Genes and diseases

Genome.org scroll down for links on diseases and genetic counseling

Human Genome

Bioinformatics tools

Genetic disorders with different ethnic group frequencies

National Genetic Counselor Organization

Mayo Clinic Disease Index

Family Doctor.org

Medline Plus

Heredity Links

DNA Interactive

DNA from the Beginning

Your Genes, Your Health

Learn Genetics

General Links

Many great biology animations

More great biology animations

Many great A&P animations

Harvard HHMI outreach (animations)

AP Bio animations

Bozeman Science web casts (explaining A&P systems and AP Bio labs)

Rediscovering Biology


AP Bio virtual labs

Biology Glossary

Another biology glossary

Suffixes and Prefixes

MA Science Frameworks

Sharon Biology Standards

Molecular Genetics links:

DNA structure

Griffeth and Avery experiments (and other material on discovery of DNA0

Hershey-Chase Experiment

Watson, Crick, Chargraff, Franklin, and Wilkins contributions

DNA Replication does not fully work but good animations on DNA structure and lagging strand

Another DNA Replication animation

Replication video

Another Replication animation

Meselson and Stahl experiment

Protein Synthesis


Regulated transcription


Video of Transcription and Translation

Another on Protein Synthesis

tryptophan repressor

lac operon

Telomere Replication

Health and Physiology Links

Inside Cancer

National Institute of Cancer

Cancer links

Discover Vital Signs

Calorie counter

BMI calculator

BMR calculator

Fast Food Nutrition Info

Family Doctor.org

Medline Plus

Medical Dictionary

Visible Embryo

Cell Biology and Biochemistry Links

Inner Life of a Cell

Stem Cells

The Virtual Cell

Cells Alive!

Ecology Links

E.O. Wilson on saving life

Evolution and Taxonomy Links

Encyclopedia of Life

PBS Evolution Site