Student Internet Resources - Cells, DNA & Genetics

WELCOME TO THE VIRTUAL CELL
Journey deep inside the building blocks of life itself in this online tour. Teachers will find accompanying student worksheets to make the best use of the site. A virtual textbook of organic chemistry and cell biology is also available.

WGENETIC SCIENCE LEARNING CENTER
Genetics is a hot topic in our modern world--students can explore the world of DNA and chromosomes, genetic disorders, and stem cells (the latest news shows stem cells are quite prevalent in baby teeth), and complete hands-on activities. They will be able to extract DNA from wheat germ or show just how enzymes function. Explore current issues in cloning, and then click to clone a genetically identical version of Mimi the mouse, learning the steps involved in this procedure.

WTHE GIANT CELL
In order to fully comprehend a cell and how it operates, your students themselves will be forming the cell and its parts, and then working and moving in unison in order to transmit a cell message--a great little lesson in teamwork and cooperation as well as in cell biology.

WPARTS WANTED -- ONLY CELLS NEED APPLY
Creative want ads must list the qualifications, responsibilities, and benefits of each cell, so students will need to make sure they completely understand their cells before submitting their classified ads.

WHOW TO MAKE A NOSE
Read about modern advances in biotechnology--is the idea of growing body parts really so far off? Then try the DNA modeling activity for students.

WTHE CLOCK OF LIFE
Step into the fountain of youth--is it possible? Find out the latest research on chromosomes, genetic clocks, and the research into immortality here. Students can also participate in an animated cell division activity.

WCREATE A DNA FINGERPRINT
How can your students best understand how DNA works? How about through solving a mystery... Shockwave is required for this interactive, online exploration into the micro-
world of DNA.

WCELEBRATE CELLS WEBQUEST
Cell structures called organelles are the focus for this webquest, where students will be investigating cells from animals, plants, fungi, protists, and bacteria. They will connect to various online presentations on cells, fill in puzzles, note similarities and differences between cells, and create a 3-D model of a plant cell.

WFRANKENSTEIN FOOD?
First there was Frankenstein, a fictional hybrid of humanity and monster in a genetic experimentation gone awry. Enter Dolly the sheep--and genetic engineering earned itself
a bold reality outside the pages of a science fiction novel. Surging forward into the 21st century with a flair for garnering worldwide attention--and a knack for instigating broad ethical debate--genetics, or more precisely, genetic modification, is causing alarm to some, and promising superior performance and products to others. Read about tomato enhancements and let your students debate the ethics behind gene tampering.