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Learning Exercise

Material: DNA from the Beginning
Submitted by: JoDale Ales on Feb 28, 2003
Date Last Modified: Feb 03, 2008
Title: The DNA Gazette
Description: General biology students work in groups to produce a 1953 issue of the newspaper, The DNA Gazette to communicate their knowledge of DNA structure.
Time Required 2 weeks following the assignment
Topics: molecular genetics
Course: General Biology 1
Learning Objectives: The students will use Microsoft Publisher to print a newspaper that communicates visually and in writing their understanding of DNA structure and its discovery by James Watson and Francis Crick.
Text of Learning Exercise: Students research Watson's and Crick's discovery of the structure of DNA using
the MERLOT website "DNA from the Beginning". They report their knowledge in a
1953 issue of The DNA Gazette daily newspaper.
Individual student contributions to the newspaper include articles on DNA
structure, historical and societal events in 1953, predictions for the future,
an interview with Watson, Crick, Wilkins, and Franklin, public reaction to the
discovery (editorial and letter to the editor), an advertisement, and a cartoon.
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