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Beyond the Genome: Applications of Modern Genetics

from Cleveland Museum of Natural History

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The products of DNA technology are everywhere, from big city forensics to remote fox farms in Siberia. Dr. Gavin Svenson, curator of invertebrate zoology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, links DNA sequence data with physical characteristics of newly discovered praying mantis species. Take a peek at his research and analyze the evolutionary relationships of these fascinating insects. We’ll also investigate ways that biotechnology is used
in health care, kitchens, bathrooms, cars, and family pets! How has genetic research affected your day?
NOTE: If your students are not familiar with DNA fingerprinting (typing), take a look at our program titled “Genetics In Action: Your Daily Dose of DNA Technology”.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $140.00


60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult Learners

Minimum participants:

No minimum.

Maximum participants:

We recommend 30 students or less for maximum participation.

Primary Disciplines

Health/Physical Education, Sciences

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

Booking Information

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge a cancellation fee if you encounter technological difficulties, sudden genetic mutations, or other catastrophic events. Please contact us as soon as possible to reschedule your program.

About This Provider

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Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Cleveland, OH
United States

Our Mission Statement: To inspire, through science and education, a passion for nature, the protection of natural diversity, the fostering of health, and leadership to a sustainable future.
CMNH programs address appropriate Revised Ohio Academic Content Standards in Science and Social Studies, and the National Health Education Standards.

Matt Walters

Program Details


This program is an interactive discussion on modern applications of genetic technology.
Our Teacher Guide includes a worksheet that your students will need during the program.


• Describe the structure and function of the DNA molecule.
• Define key terms, including gene sequencing, DNA fingerprinting, genetic transformation, taxonomy, phylogenetics, and epistasis.
• Simulate restriction enzyme function and practice phylogenetics.
• Discuss how biotechnology affects society, including specific applications in bioscience research
and consumer products.
• Discuss ethical and moral questions presented by applications of DNA biotechnology.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

National Health Education Standards
Grade 9-12: Standards 1, 2
• Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.
• Students will analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology and other factors on health behaviors.

State Standards

Ohio’s Learning Standards
HS Science: Biology - Heredity
• Structure and function of DNA in cells
• Genetic mechanisms and inheritance
• Mutations
• Modern genetics
HS Science: Evolution - Diversity of Life
• Speciation and biological classification based on molecular evidence
• Variation of organisms within a species due to population genetics and gene frequency