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  • AP Gel Electrophoresis

     Grades 11-12

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    Gel 2Gel 3
    Program Description
    4 hour program
    1 class (32 students)
    In this lab that helps fulfill Advanced Placement Biology lab requirements, students perform gel electrophoresis while studying and discussing applications of restriction enzyme technology in biotechnology and forensic science. Working in teams, students: pour a gel; use a micropipette; conduct a “gel run;” and plot the results of that run on log-linear graph paper. Students must bring a cold lunch that can be consumed in 20 minutes.


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    Next Generation Science Standards

    Performance Expectation 

    HS-LS3-1 Ask questions to clarify relationships about the role of DNA and chromosomes in coding the instructions for characteristic traits passed from parents to offspring.

    HS-LS3-2 Make and defend a claim based on evidence that inheritable genetic variations may result from (1) new genetic combinations through meiosis, (2) viable errors occurring during replication, and/or (3) mutations caused by environmental factors.

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
    Asking Questions and Defining Problems
    Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    LS3.A: Inheritance of Traits
    LS1.A: Structure and Function

     Cross Cutting Concepts

    Cause and Effect
    Systems and System Models
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    Connections to Nature of Science
    Science is a Human Endeavor

     Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards (MD-CCRS)
    RST.11 - 12.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to important distinctions the author makes and to any gaps or inconsistencies in the account.
    MP.4 Model with Mathematics.

    HS-IF.C7 Graph functions expressed symbolically and show key features of the graph, by hand in simple cases and using technology for more complicated cases.