DNA to Protein (Java-based Activity)

Explore what DNA is and how proteins are synthesized from the genetic information stored in it.

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Explore the relationship between the genetic code on the DNA strand and the resulting protein and rudimentary shape it forms. Through models of transcription and translation, you will discover this relationship and the resilience to mutations built into our genetic code. Start by exploring DNA’s double helix with an interactive 3D model. Highlight base pairs, look at one or both strands, and turn hydrogen bonds on or off. Next, watch an animation of transcription, which creates RNA from DNA, and translation, which “reads“ the RNA codons to create a protein. Finally, make mutations to DNA and see the effects on the proteins that result. Learn why some mutations change the resulting protein while other mutations are "silent."

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AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008)

5. The Living Environment

5B. Heredity
  • 5B/H3*. By the end of the 12th grade, students should know that the information passed from parents to offspring is coded in DNA molecules, long chains linking just four kinds of smaller molecules, whose precise sequence encodes genetic information.
  • 5B/H4*. By the end of the 12th grade, students should know that genes are segments of DNA molecules. Inserting, deleting, or substituting segments of DNA molecules can alter genes. An altered gene may be passed on to every cell that develops from it. The resulting features may help, harm, or have little or no effect on the offspring's success in its environment.
  • 5B/H5. By the end of the 12th grade, students should know that gene mutations can be caused by such things as radiation and chemicals. When they occur in sex cells, they can be passed on to offspring; if they occur in other cells, they can be passed on to descendant cells only. The experiences an organism has during its lifetime can affect its offspring only if the genes in its own sex cells are changed by the experience.

11. Common Themes

11B. Models
  • 11B/E4**. By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that models are very useful for communicating ideas about objects, events, and processes. When using a model to communicate about something, it is important to keep in mind how it is different from the thing being modeled.
  • 11B/M1*. By the end of the 8th grade, students should know that models are often used to think about processes that happen too slowly, too quickly, or on too small a scale to observe directly. They are also used for processes that are too vast, too complex, or too dangerous to study.

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<a href="">The Concord Consortium. DNA to Protein (Java-based Activity). Concord: The Concord Consortium, 2010, September 10.</a>

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DNA to Protein (Java-based Activity) (The Concord Consortium, Concord, 2010, September 10), WWW Document, (https://concord.org/).

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DNA to Protein (Java-based Activity) (The Concord Consortium, Concord, 2010, September 10), WWW Document, (https://concord.org/).

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DNA to Protein (Java-based Activity). (2010, September 10). Retrieved 2017, February 20, from The Concord Consortium: https://concord.org/

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This activity requires the Java Runtime Environment version 5 (sometimes referred to as 1.5) or later with Java Webstart. You can download it at java.com.

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Science of Atoms and MoleculesThis resource is a part of the Concord Consortium's Science of Atoms and Molecules project.

Grade Level
High School, Higher Education
Subject
Biology
Focus Area
Modeling and Simulation
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