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Complex Traits

Author(s): Nancy Moreno, PhD.

Job or Hobby Roles

Procedure (cont.)

7. Students will work in teams to investigate and play the roles of different people involved with dog care, health and breeding. These different kinds of roles are described on the Role cards. Each group of students should receive one card, which will refer to a specific role (see student sheet).

8. Each group will consider two questions related to the assigned role.

  • What would be my viewpoint about possible uses of canine genetic testing information? OR, How would I use genetic testing information?
  • What would be my viewpoint about possible uses of canine genetic testing information? OR, How would I use genetic testing information?

9. Have students conduct their own research to answer the questions. Be sure to have Internet-safe browsing software available for students if they will be working in class. Some places to begin include the following Web sites.

American Canine Association
http://acacanines.com/

American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation. Gene for Merle Color Pattern Discovered 
http://www.akcchf.org/research/success-stories/gene-for-merle-color-pattern.html

American Kennel Club Breeder
http://www.akc.org/enewsletter/akc_breeder/2011/summer/genetics.cfm

New York Times. As Breeders Test DNA, Dogs Become Guinea Pigs
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/12/science/12dog.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

University of California Davis Veterinary Genetics Laboratory
http://www.vgl.ucdavis.edu/index.php

10. Have each group present its findings as a poster, oral presentation or slide show. After each group has made its presentation, allow the rest the class to ask questions. Students will discover that access to genetic information raises new ethical and moral questions, which do not have simple answers. Encourage students to discuss different viewpoints.


Funded by the following grant(s)

Science Education Partnership Award, NIH

Gene U: Inquiry-based Genomics Learning Experiences for Teachers and Students
Grant Number: 5R25OD011134


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Using Learning Technology to Build Human Capital
Grant Number: 57363