This activity examines readily detectable traits in humans: the variation in the ability to taste the chemical phenylthiocarbamide (PTC) and to exhibit tongue rolling.
Using self generated data and related questions, students will explore Mendel's principles of inheritance and variation within populations. PTC testing facilitates discussion about the phenotypic differences due to the single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). Students will review Mendelian inheritance, genetic variation such as SNPs and other gene mutations and human pedigrees. Student PTC data is used for a population genetics exercise using the Hardy-Weinberg Model.
|Course||General biology 1|
|Activity Content||The genetics of PTC sensitivity and tongue rolling|
|Technological Requirements||Clickers/clicker pads|
|Best Use||Case study for 1-2 class sessions|