ABE’s classroom-based Exploring Precision Medicine mirrors the lab-based version but is designed for classroom use. The module explores the connections between genes and traits. Students learn how slight genetic differences can impact how well a patient responds to certain medications and explore how future physicians may use DNA sequencing to inform clinical decision-making. Working with classmates and using online resources, students examine how variations in a gene influence individuals’ abilities to taste the bitter compound “PTC,” and then consider how tiny differences in individuals' DNA might be responsible for variations in drug metabolism.
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