Hand-Me-Down Genes (2-part series)

Program 1: How Genes Work (25 min)
Introduces inheritance, the process that determines many of our individual features. Using hair colour as an inherited characteristic, the program investigates the cell nucleus and focuses on DNA, chromosomes and genes.

Program 2: Family patterns (25 min)
Why are members of the same family so different?
To explore this question, the program:

  • outlines the basics of mitosis and meiosis
  • explores chromosomes and the part they play in sex determination, and identical and fraternal twins
  • explains dominant and recessive expression of genes using Huntington’s disease and Achondroplasia as examples
  • illustrates explains mutations (Cystic Fibrosis) and chromosomal abnormalities (Down Syndrome)

The program also explores genetic testing, genetic engineering and gene therapy.

Year levels               Upper Secondary to Tertiary

Format                      DVD

Duration                  50 min

Year produced       1997

School prices          Single program:  $ 90 inc gst (+ $9 p&h in Australia/ elsewhere POA)
Series:                   $149 inc gst (+ $9 p&h in Australia/ elsewhere POA)

Tertiary institutions   POA