Exploring Precision Medicine (Lab-based)

ABE’s Exploring Precision Medicine 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. Students examine how variations in a gene influence individuals’ abilities to taste the bitter compound “PTC” and then compare these tiny differences to those responsible for variations in drug metabolism. 

If you do not have easy access to laboratory equipment, check out our classroom-based version. 

(The Teacher Guide and Student Science Notes Answer Key require a password. Please contact ABEinfo@edc.org with your name, school/organization, and location to obtain the password.) 

Class sessions

8-12

Files
Resources (link)
Resource Type
Lab-based
Appropriate Ages
Upper Secondary
Advanced
Resource Topic
Lab Techniques
Gel Electrophoresis
PCR
Pipetting
Restriction Enzyme
Pharmaceuticals
Precision Medicine