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IB Biology - Today we spent our time reviewing a few labs to make sure we are on track with the expectations. The big lessons that we pull out of today's discussions are be accurate and precise about your writing, be precise about your use of data in answering your research questions, and of course, make sure you understand the all-important "Why" of your research. Don't just report, ANALYZE! This final lab will be due on Wednesday.
Honors Biology - Today we addressed all of the questions you might still have about the final assessment/case study. You then had time to get into it in class and ask individual questions of me. Unfortunately a chunk of you didn't use this time very well, but the final product is not due until Wednesday. In addition to working on your case study (typed), you should also get your parent input signed !!! You have 5 days, get it done!!
IB Biology - While tomorrow is when your revised plant lab is due, today we started the conversation on your IA. Remember that your three approaches can be wet lab research, data based research, of simulation based research. The two sites that we used were https://www.mrgscience.com/ib-biology-internal-assessment.html
http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/practical-biology/health-and-disease You should have been able to pick up some good idea, but remember that this is about YOU. You should find something that really makes you wonder. Come prepared tomorrow with a good idea of what you would like to do for your IA. ...along with a finished plant lab. Oh, BTW when you come in tomorrow we'll be looking for your data, your processing of it, your validity test, and the big "Why should we care?" Make sure you have it.
Honors Biology - Today was purely a day to work on your case study. This is a chance to shine and tomorrow it will be put together at the beginning of class, but remember the work should be done when you get to class. Please type any text that you use and have it printed. I will not print any of your work tomorrow. When we are done putting your case studies together you will get a chance to view other peoples work and critique it. Yes, you will have all of the 7 parts, but what will set you apart is the clarity of your writing, the connections in your reflections (in other words how you connect this material to your life), and your reflection on your learning about genetics. OH, and don't forget that the parent input is due!!! Get it done tonight if you can.
IB Biology - Today we spent our time discussing the various initial ideas that we are generating for our IAs. You did a great job of sort and refining ideas to really get at a testable question and I feel like you are all on the right track. Tonight what I need you to do is to really put together a rough IA in concept so that you can question each other again tomorrow so we have a solid product for the rest of our work time which cannot be monitored by me. Please come prepared with your questions tomorrow.
Honors Biology - Today I learned that some of you are not good with tape or glue! Ha Ha! Actually you took a bit longer than I thought putting your unit case study together, but what I have seen looks great! We then started talking about our final! So, for the final you will need to do 2 things: 1) do a written assignment that requires no preparation on your part, and 2) create a game that is geared towards teaching middle school students about our big ideas from the semester. Your game can take any form, but must teach ALL of the detailed content from any three big ideas. How deep you ask? Just look inside your notebook! If you want a maximum score, I want you to create an amazingly fun game that includes deep content from four or more big ideas. You will have three days in class to prepare your material and then 1 hour on finals day to put it all together.
Here are the “Big Idea” questions from the semester
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IB Biology - Today we did a lot of things! Number one, we reviewed your alien argument and your chlorophyll graphs. Please redo those before Thursday and you can get full credit. While we did this individual conferencing, everyone else was working on their photosynthesis/cellular respiration lab. This lab will be due by next Monday and should be formally written with an emphasis on the data analysis. My last point is that the Photo/CellResp exam is on Friday. This is the LAST OF THE BIOCHEMISTRY!!!!! See me if you need help, but I've also posted powerpoints on photosynthesis and CR below. Also, don't forget the videos and animations from last week.
Honors Biology - Today we started the process of discussing the major ethical issue of, "if we can manipulate DNA, should we? " We discussed some frameworks for making guidelines and then decided on three simple statements. You then got assigned one of the following articles an responded to it using the questions below. Each article title is a link to the article.
10.1 The Biotech death of Jesse Gelsinger
10.2 The Eugenics Movement
10.3 The Ashanti DeSilva case
10.4 DTC (Direct to Consumer) genetic testing
10.5 Gene therapy against brain cancer
10.6 Making insulin
Questions to answer on the left.
What is the Genetic Engineering Technology presented in your article? How does it work?
How does your technology address the respect for a person?
What are the potential benefits of using this technology?
What are the potential risks associated with using this technology?
How effective is your technology?
What would be fair uses of your GET?
How can we distribute resources so that each person has access to the benefits of this technology?
IB Biology - Today you got super busy on your labs. Good, but please don't forget that the presentation of this work is just as important as the lab work itself so please work on your title, introduction, hypothesis, procedures, materials, etc. Data analysis comes later, but make sure you have enough data. This is VITAL to doing well. Remember that our whole focus is on this analysis section. I have placed an example lab of milk spoilage at the bottom of this page so you can get a sense of what is acceptable for each section.
Lastly, don't forget to clean up your alien arguments and graphs for max credit! Those should come in by Thursday.
Honors Biology - Today we started by jigsawing all of the articles we read last night. I do realize that some were out of date, but all of these were from science journals. I know it's harder reading, but you should get used to it and I'm glad to see many of you did well. Then we shifted gears and started to talk about the pros and cons of some of these therapies that are meant to genetically help patients. The last thing we did was speculate on the idea of "is there really anything that can pinpoint specific DNA." and what must be some of the barriers to that. Tonight, using the nature of science and validity concepts, you should research what genetic therapies are being applied to your case study condition. So look up reputable/verifiable/evidence based treatments and get the DATA (numbers) down as well as how the therapy works. This goes on the left side of the entry we started today.
IB Biology - Today you continued to work hard on your labs, but don't forget that some of you have a graph and an alien argument to turn in tomorrow. Below I have posted a format that could be really helpful to you doing your lab report. Hey, and please remember that even if this lab doesn't come out as expected, this still is data that we can learn from.
Honors Biology - Today we came back together after looking at our research and try to find any therapies that specifically target DNA. At least in one class, someone found that there is something with wild possibilities called CRISPR/Cas9. Then we watched a video on the potential of of this technology and took notes on the main points. Here's the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAhjPd4uNFY
Here are 2 other videos on CRISPR if you are still struggling with how it works.
Video: What is CRISPR?
Video: Doudna TED Talk
Your homework: CRISPR/Cas9 Article -Read and recreate a diagram in your own words on the left side of the entry we started. This is what is due tomorrow. Yes, use color!
Now that you have completed your diagram, please create a couple (2) of questions or comments you have about CRISPR.
IB Biology - Today we reviewed for the exam tomorrow. Realistically if you know the alien argument really well you will be fairly well prepared. Ultimately you need to know the when, where, and how of cellular respiration and photosynthesis. Please see me in the morning if you have any issues. Also, don't forget to follow review the animations and videos I posted last week.
Honors Biology - Today we started the day by reviewing what CRISPR is and how it works. Next we looked at our personal ethics toward the use of this technology. We then watched the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRz0xEGaCSw and analyzed the event, but also the reasons why the personal reaction were the way they were. Finally we reexamined our beliefs after our classroom discussion. Tonight you need to do research and find out if there is any research going on related to CRISPR and your case study.
IB Biology - Today you took your unit exam on PS/CR. Hopefully you did well! On Monday, you and your partner should submit your write up from your plant experimentation. Also,as we transition to your final, which is you IA, I want you to come prepared with at least a few ideas in biology that you are really interested in. They do NOT have to be about biochemistry, they can be about anything related to biology, but of course the better it can be isolated to a single dependent and independent variable the easier it makes things. ...and of course it's usually biochemical processes that are easy to deal with that way.
Honors Biology - Today we started by closing out the ideas for how CRISPR works and then watched the original video on DMD kids. This allowed us to review the whole unit and all of the things we can answer about DMD now. Lastly, we know that we are going to start our unit assessment next week so I want to see you transfer all of this knowledge you have by applying it to your case study. We will have time in class, but come prepared with some answers to the following questions:
1) What is the background of your case? What is the condition, when does it occur, what are the symptoms, etc.?
2) How is DNA involved with this case, and if DNA code for proteins, how are proteins involved?
3)What role does mitosis and meiosis play in the case?
4) How/where/when did the error in the DNA occur? Meiosis (crossover, nondisjunction), etc.
5) Can you use statistics to describe your case? Make a Punnett square, create/use a fictional pedigree, or describe why these tools can't be used.
6) What are some ethical concerns about the current treatment of this condition, and future applications of CRISPR?
7) Create a personal reflection on genetics, how genes are passed on, on the future of genetics, on the future of genetic treatment of your case, ethics in treating genetic disorders. This does have room for your personal feelings, but be sure you have clear reasoning! Bring it all together!
IB Biology - Today we started the day with the idea that we are almost done with biochemistry!!! ...but even though we are attacking the very last portion of this unit, we can't forget the material that came before. So, the first part of today you spent reviewing the sections, and the work that you did identifying your weaknesses will be compiled by me to work into a a review we will have each morning. Next, we started to pick apart your alien pleas by digging up details on your arguments. Tonight you should be able to compare calvin with kreb cycle from a broad perspective, you should be able to connect the ETC of respiration with light dependent reactions, you should also come prepared with a good understanding of the structure of a chloroplast and how that compares to a mitochondrion. That's your mission along with revising your alien statement.
Don't forget to look at what you can contribute to our adopt a family.
Honors Biology - Today we started with an exercise called Sum it Up so we could better understand the relationships between all of the concepts we have covered in this unit. We connected with pictures and text Organism, Cell, Chromosome, Gene, and DNA.
Tonight I want you to go to the left side of the entry Sum It Up, and create at least 3 questions about these 5 topics. If you make 3 questions that aren't really things you still wonder or don't understand, you're just wasting our (yours and mine) time.
Since we didn't have time to finish the baby project, we will finish that tomorrow.
Don't forget to look at what you can contribute to our adopt a family.
IB Biology - I am super happy with the progress we made today, but I do have concerns that many of you are not spending any, or at least very little, time with the material in the book. Below I have posted a ton of resources that you can use to formulate your case to the aliens! Now, some of you are concerned with what the final product should look like. This is simple, there is no one format that is required, but you must be able to argue with the alien about why the BIOCHEMISTRY is more complex in plants. The intent is that you will discuss the various steps in cellular respiration and photosynthesis to demonstrate this as a basis, but you can get much deeper and carry this argument beyond the basics by discussing other biochemical and physiological reasons. Without giving it all away use all of the ammunition I gave you in class, and from these resources, to bolster your case. If you are still confused and you have spent time with the material, come see me. I'll be waiting.
Light Dependent Reactions - http://www.science.smith.edu/departments/Biology/Bio231/ltrxn.html
Calvin Cycle - http://www.science.smith.edu/departments/Biology/Bio231/calvin.html
Watch this video on the structure of chloroplasts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOPEn2qYff4
Watch Bozeman Science: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g78utcLQrJ4
Crash Course on the process of photosynthesis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQK3Yr4Sc_k
NEWS BREAK: If you didn't hear about the Chinese researcher who now claims to be the first to gene edit a human egg, here's a news report from the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/26/health/gene-editing-babies-china.html
Honors Biology - Today we started out with finishing our babies! You flipped for their traits, and then gave them fabulous names! Tonight I need you to draw your baby (in teen form) on the left hand side of your entry. I was going to have you discuss the questions you brought to class, but we never go there so just do the teen drawing, and come up with a list of things you would want to ask a couple if you were a genetic counselor. IN other words what would you need to know to tell the couple their odds of their baby having a negative trait show up. This can be written on the left hand page of "Sum it Up!"
IB Biology - Today we started by reviewing the work that we did on our last unit tests and then talked about how to do a redo if you had a failing grade. We then looked at the IB criteria for experimentation and started the discussion of your cell respiration or photosynthesis experiment with your partner. Lastly, I gave you the good news that our detailed alien argument is due on Friday, along with the Chlorophyll worksheet. I'll post a copy of the worksheet below. Hey, how about making a contribution to our adopt a family program?
Now, I also mentioned that I have an extra credit assignment for you. What I would like you to do is to read these two articles that delineate man's ability to exploit biology. Now, find another article that is related. In a multifaceted way, please describe the big and small ideas that connect them. Lastly, using eith ther philosophical framework of consequentialism or deontology discuss the ethics of doing what is descrribed in the articles. Your final project should include all three articles, your synthesis of the commonalities, and finally the ethical discussion. Your points will be determined by the quality of the discourse. ..which I think translates to being based on the sophistication of the arguments. Here are the two articles I want you to include: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/09/140925150824.htm
Honors Biology - Today we started with a Beauty Pageant for your babies. They were amazing! So cute! Flabia and Sam were two of my favorites! We then jumped into your lingering questions from the day before and those questions were amazing as well! All of this work was really to lead us into the last bits of this unit, and into a case study to apply what we know. You received a case study towards the end of class, place this on the right side on a new entry. On the left side of the entry you should find the definitions for Gregor Mendel, pedigree, punnett square, sex linked traits, and sex influenced traits. Tonight your job is define your terms on the left side of your entry, and then to make yourself familiar with the case study you have been assigned. Feel free to highlight, underline, write questions, etc on the sheet you received. You don't have to complete it, just be familiar with what it is asking and how you might answer these questions. Hey, also ask yourself if you can contribute to our adopt a family program? Whatever you can donate can make a difference.
I was going to post this tomorrow, but I figure you could look at this extra credit assignment now since it is related to our case studies. Actually, I've posted the actual sheet below. This assignment challenges you to figure out what blood typing means and how we can use it to determine genetic outcomes. You don't have to do this, it's extra credit.
IB Biology - Today we spent our tie with Dr. Robert Tendick a physical therapist from just right down the road! I really liked what he had to say and I hope you consider his occupation as a possible career goal. Tomorrow your Alien Argument as well as you Chlorophyll worksheet are due, please have those ready. Not to spoon feed you, but remember we talked about discussing structures, ETC vs Light dependent reaction, and Kreb cycle vs Calvin cycle. Be specific as to why the plants should be eaten by detailed proof of the greater complexity of photosynthesis. Lastly, please come prepared with an actual experiment that you and your partner will carry out. This could be with yeasts, plants, leaf disks, or something else. This weekend, please also consider shopping for our adopt a family, or donating cans to the food drive.
Honors Biology - Today we clarified the definitions that you found last night and this work lead to SO many great questions. I am really impressed at where your heads are at his point in time. You have learned so much! What I would like you to do tonight is to finish your case study and be ready to present this to others. In addition, I want you to find 3 genetic disorders that you think sound really interesting to possibly do your case study on. These will be compiled in class and you can make final decision on unit case study once we come together. Write the name and description on the bottom of the left hand side of your case study entry, put them below your definitions. This weekend, please also consider shopping or donating to our adopt a family.
IB Biology - Today I went on a rant and I'm not happy about it. Many of you are doing an amazing job in my class, but I really am struggling with the lack of thinking from some. Thinking requires some time with the material and discourse. I want to be your partner. I want to help you with whatever you need, and I don't want to go back to reading quizzes. But let's not play the blame game, let's continue from here as partners. I'm sorry if any of you were offended, that was not my intent. MEA CULPA!!! For this weekend you should start to establish the foundation of your lab report. This means that you should have a title, introduction, hypothesis, materials, and procedures. Share the duties with your partner. You should also start the preparation for the exam next Friday. Your alien argument should have been detailed so you probably have most of what you need, but maybe you should review your book. This weekend, please also consider shopping for our adopt a family, or donating cans to the food drive.
Honors Biology - Today we started our day by looking at the case studies and sharing them with each other to learn more about genetic disorders. We then went over the cases as a class to make sure we got the main ideas. At that point we compiled a list of genetic disorders from your homework and listed these. Here are some examples: Down Syndrome, Thalassemia, Turner's syndrome, Kleinfelter's syndrome, Parkinson's, ALS, etc. Your job this weekend is to do the background research for the disorder you would like to do for your final assessment/case study. This can all be listed on the right hand side of the entry we started today. On Monday we will answer our final genetic question on whether we can fix DNA or not!!! This weekend, please also consider shopping for our adopt a family, or donating cans to the food drive.
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IB Biology - SO today some of you got to hear from our Think First program about traumatic injury. For those of you who didn't you got an amazing powerpoint presentation on cellular respiration. Regardless, everyone at this point should be intimately familiar with cellular respiration and ready to present to me (or the freshman) on Friday. I've posted the powerpoint below for those who are not.
Honors Biology - You guys were luck enough to hear from our guest speakers today Deshajon and Tim from the Think First program. As you reflect on today's speakers don't forget about the research you've been doing on genetic causes of disease, as well as farther back when you studied what keeps us healthy or makes us sick. The injuries these guys sustained don't really fall into these categories, so I'll ask you one question. Is there a way to help people with their type of injury. Please research one type of research going on that involves solving this type of problem. You can put this on a separate piece of paper. I'll pick up your one-pagers tomorrow.
Also, bonus for Baymar! I hope he reads this. Baymar said that testosterone is not technically a protein and he is right. About 3/4 of all hormones are protein derived, but that leaves a 1/4 that are not! While testosterone is a chemical communicator like all hormones, this hormone is actually derived from lipids! I have learned something new myself. Baymar, come get your super awesome sticker!!! ...can any of you find other things I listed as a protein, but isn't?
IB Biology - Today we spent time going over the details of cellular respiration, the powerpoint is still posted below. You then had a little bit of time to work in your groups. PLease know that you will be presenting this information on Friday, and you will only have tomorrow to prepare. Please do NOT ask me for more time on Friday. Each person in your group should have a detailed knowledge of the process and how cyanide causes issues to the process. I will be asking questions of each participant and you don't want to be the weak link!!! Tonight you should be prepared with any last minute questions for your presentation, and I will be coming around to quiz you! FUN!!!
Honors Biology - Today we spent our time doing some research on the answers to so many of our questions, but the main one being, "How did the boys with DMD end up with their disability?" The article was glued/taped to the right side of a new entry and the images were on the left. In the blank spot on the left I want you to make a response to two things. 1) Knowing what you know now, how would you respond to the essential question, and 2) pick one lingering question from the board (what does this have to do with babies? How do cells replace themselves? or another) that you can answer and respond to that one as well.
IB Biology - Today we discussed some things that have been annoying me about learning and teaching. Thank you for helping find the best course for everyone to learn. I will take those of you who fail the exams into personal tutoring and then allow a redoing of work for a passing score of 3. The rest of today we had to put the final touches on your poisoning case! Thank you to those of you who are making the extra effort to do this for my freshman. PLease be ready tomorrow.
Honors Biology - Today we didn't really get a chance to complete our debriefing of our readings from yesterday since it was a minimum day, but we'll finish this up tomorrow. There really isn't any homework for me, but I want you to do the following challenge instead... when we return from thanksgiving break we will be doing a food drive. Bring in a can or box of food tonight if you can and start the good vibes for those who are less capable.
IB Biology - Over this break I want you to know that I really want you to spend some time in nature. Take a hike, go hang out at the beach, go ride your bike around town, run, and maybe, just sit quietly and go inside your head for a while under a tree. Please decompress. Once you have regrouped I want you to respond to a very odd question, "If you were approached by an extra-terrestial who was going to devour you because he thought that you are biochemically the top organism to the planet, how could you convince them that plants actually are the top organism on the planet and that the plants should be devoured instead." You are smart and realize these aliens are too, so talk biochemistry from chapters 8.3 and 8.2 and convince them. Using that information, how would you convince them? Please come prepared with your detailed response when we return. READ ABOUT ADOPT A FAMILY BELOW.
Honors Biology - Today we got around to summarizing the work that you did on the research article. In preparation for the project you will start when you return I need you to complete the create-a-kid self-assessment. The sheet I gave you in class (which you don't really need cause you can just write your alleles on a piece of paper), and the instructions on how to fill it out and found as a PDF below. You do need the directions below. Please place your sheet, or at least the information in your next entry in your notebooks. It will be fun! READ ABOUT ADOPT A FAMILY BELOW.
ADOPT A FAMILY!!!! This year we have the following family to adopt. This event is to make their lives a little bit brighter around the holiday season. During Thanksgiving I want you to consider participating. If you want to go out and buy things for these kids given their information below, go for it, but know that you can also just donate money and I can go shopping for those things they might like but haven't been purchased. If you can't donate, don't worry about it! But if you can donate, even the smallest amounts of change can add up to make a difference! ...last year we had people donate all of their change from lunch and raised about $80!!!
IB Biology - Today we learned about 7 deaths in San Diego which occurred over the weekend (This is all fictional for our case study). You then asked a number of questions that were very good in trying to look for commonalities. When you left class you had symptoms, test results, and some leads to follow. Please follow those leads tonight so you can come back prepared to investigate further. YOu may also want to re-read chapter 8.1. Period 2, I will see you tomorrow to start a similar process.
Honors Biology - Today we discussed in detail how mutations work and how they affect so much of an organism. We discussed the effects on natural selection, on Chernobyl animals, on DMD patients, on growth and development, How sex cells pass on mutations, on how high energy can affect DNA, and SO much more. We now know that although some naturally occurring mutations occur, we also have high radiation, and other carcinogen to thank for these mutations as well. BUT we still haven't got to the answer about what exactly DMD patients have wrong. Before we get to that question we will expand a little bit on our knowledge of proteins but doing a lab the next time I see you. To prepare I want you to find out what the following terms mean: lactose (and what are its parts), lactase, enzymes, and substrate. A diagram would be good and you can make this on the right hand side of a new entry. Only use the top of your right hand page.
IB Biology - I finally got a chance to see all of you today. Each class broke down the mystery of the Tylenol murders, but now we need you as an expert witness to present your findings in a way that a jury of ordinary people would understand. While we know that the cause of death was from disabling cellular respiration, you also need to explain in a very simple way why the victims had high carbon monoxide levels, high lactate (lactic acid) levels, mild dehydration, cardiac tissue damage(and other tissues), mitochondrial damage, and why they had the symptoms they did. As to finding the foundation to this task, please make sure you understand 2.8 and 8.2 in your book. When I see you next, we should be able to answer more of your questions.
Honors Biology - I didn't see any of you today. See yesterday's for more info.
IB Biology - Cellular Respiration Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7J4LXs-oDCU In addition to working on your explanations, please also take a moment to Complete the DBQ on page 385. Spend a little bit of time with it, don't just slop something down.
Honors Biology - Today we worked on a lab that demonstrated some ideas about proteins. Tonight, using the data you collected, I want you to develop a CER of the "rules" about protein function on the left side of your entry from today. This should be based off of your work. Your Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning should be very clear. I have posted the combined data, lab write-up guidelines, as well as the formal lab procedures from today below. If you choose to do this as a formal write up there is a lot of extra credit possible, but know that making this a formal lab is NOT required! ....Also, if you want to redo the work you got back today, that can be redone as well. Yes, I am very generous!
IB Biology - Please look at yesterday's post to know what should be completed for tomorrow. A LOT of people wasted time today, please make sure you aren't one of them. The project is due next Friday and will be presented to freshman (the jury) when we return from break. ALSO, know that IB Exam Fees must be paid by TUESDAY when we return to school next week.
Honors Biology - I did not see you today so just look at yesterday's post to know what is due on Friday, which is a normal day.
IB Biology - Glycolysis: http://www.science.smith.edu/departments/Biology/Bio231/glycolysis.html
Citric Acid/Krebs Cycle:http://www.science.smith.edu/departments/Biology/Bio231/krebs.html
Electron Transport Chain: http://www.science.smith.edu/departments/Biology/Bio231/etc.html
Honors Biology - One pager on a protein of your choice. Include: 3 major pictures and captions, a border that reflects its shape, describe the function, a personal reaction, 4 color minimum, mutations of this protein, other bonus material (highlight).
IB Biology - Today we looked at some of the video projects on 7.2. You should have asked any lingering questions you had so I could clarify, but tonight I want you go very the material from 7.2 and make sure you get it all. IN order to be ready for tomorrow you should preview chapter 7.3, using the from of the chapter to know what you should know. You should also know that this is the last week for progress report 2. You will be receiving a homework score on Friday. Also, on Friday you should be ready to take the test on chapter 7
Honors Biology - Today we jumped right back in to where we left off on Friday by discussing your analogies. Then we started a new entry about how science can make our lives better, with our EQ being How can we help people with DMD. We then did a poll, and a "world cafe", to examine the pros and cons of having DMD people taking physical therapy. For tonight I want you to now answer the question of "Should people with DMD be allowed to play as children?" This should be written underneath the pro/con list you made in class. Now, read the short article I have attached below, and then give me a 3 sentence reflection on what you now think about people with DMD playing as kids or having physical therapy. In addition, this week ends the second progress report and you will need to get Parent Input completed in the back of your notebook. Also know that you will get your next homework score at the end of the week, so do your homework!
IB Biology - Today we saw some amazing videos (Stephen/Margaret you looked amazing) on chapter unit 7.3. At this point you should have a fairly good outline of what the process of protein synthesis looks like, but you should summarize and analyze what you know and don't know. Tomorrow and Thursday we will go over everything you need for this test. Come prepared.
Also, Now that you have seen the videos everyone can vote for the IB BIo Academy Awards: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScQKUJ_YAv_TqWLRYU7zWkqk_IRh-cIwC6EBqfjHnaTXhN2rg/viewform?usp=sf_link
Try this for practice: https://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/basics/transcribe/
Honors Biology - Today we discussed whether or not people with DMD should receive physical therapy and you were able to define some parameters as to what is acceptable and why. Then we looked at gene expression in the following text and link. We digested the text and then created an analogy for the process. Tonight I want you to read the second piece of text posted below and to create a bulls-eye diagram on Becker's, DMD, and Healthy Muscle. This goes on your left hand page of the entry we started today.
OH, I will check the parent input tomorrow so please make sure you have your table of contents up to date as well!!!
Proteins are complex molecules made up of subunits called amino acids. There are 20 different amino acids and the different combinations of these is what makes one protein different from the next. There can be hundreds or thousands of individual amino acids in a protein. This amino acid sequence determines a protein’s structure and function.
Proteins can perform a lot of different functions: some proteins provide structure to an organism, some act as chemical messengers and allow different parts of the body to communicate, some proteins help with chemical reactions like digestion, and some proteins play a role in your immune system.
Proteins are made through a process called gene expression (sometimes referred to as protein synthesis). Gene expression has two major parts: transcription and translation. All cells have DNA in them. Recall from your previous science classes that DNA is the “code” for all of the traits an organism has. All of your DNA is contained inside each cell’s nucleus. A section of DNA that codes for a specific trait is called a gene. A gene actually contains the code for one specific protein. Cells read the section of DNA and make a molecule that is very similar to DNA, called RNA. The process of making RNA from DNA is called transcription. The special type of RNA made in transcription is called mRNA. The lower case “m” stands for messenger. Messenger RNA then leaves a cell’s nucleus and travels to another part of the cell called the ribosome. A ribosome then reads the mRNA and makes a chain of amino acids that will then fold into the specific protein. Making a chain of amino acids from mRNA is called translation.
Here's the website that showed a more detailed animation of this process: http://sepuplhs.org/high/sgi/teachers/genetics_act16_sim.html
Part 2 of Gene Expression
There is a section of your DNA that scientists have isolated that contains the instructions for how to make dystrophin. Scientists refer to this section of your DNA as the DMD gene. DMD stands for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. DMD is the largest known human gene. There is more than one kind of muscular dystrophy. We have spent most of our time discussing Duchenne’s. In this case, the DNA of a person with Duchenne’s does not code for the protein dystrophin at all. This means that people with DMD do not make any dystrophin. Another type of muscular dystrophy is called Becker’s. In this case, the DNA codes for some dystrophin or an incomplete version of the dystrophin. People with Becker’s MD have some dystrophin so their muscles deteriorate more slowly, meaning they have normal muscle function for more of their lives.
IB Biology - Today I focused on making sure that you have all of the factual information that you need to know for the test. As we prepare for this next unit test on Nucleic Acids, I keep emphasizing the idea that you must be able to think deeply about the concepts and I want to be clear about this. Two weeks ago, when you started your video projects, I gave you a list of the facts you should know and I leave the basics to you, but a handful of you still struggle to know what it means to think deeply, so I have composed a list of questions you can ask yourself to see if you deeply understand the material.
1) How does this concept/topic relate to the other concepts?
2) What would happen if "X" changed in this process?
3) How is this topic used in real life and what are the limitations?
4) Is this topic/process universal to eukaryotes and prokaryotes or do they differ?
5) When/When/How is this topic/process used in me?
6) What are the advantages and disadvantages of this concept?
7) If this process can go wrong, how and where would that happen, and what are they outcomes?
8) Would this process be the same in plant cells?
...and so on.
If you can go through each of the topics and answer these questions, then you are ready for the test, but recognize that I am here to help you through this process so ask me in the next two days for help if you need it. Oh, and I posted the powerpoint I used today down below.
Honors Biology - Today was a day to expand on our starting knowledge about DNA and the process of gene expression. Before we went to the online simulation( http://genes.inquiry-hub.net/ ) we watch the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gG7uCskUOrA
Then when we did the simulation you did the following questions in your notebook: The first 6 were on the right, and the rest were on the left.
1. What do you notice about the DNA?
2. What happens when you push “Transcribe”?
3. What happens when you push “Release”?
4. What happens when you push “Translate”?
5. What happens when you push “Release”?
6. Write down the sequence of amino acids in the original protein.
7. Create 1 mutation and follow the steps you used before.
8. Write down the sequence of amino acids in the new protein.
9. How is this protein different from the original protein made?
We will pick this all up tomorrow so don't worry about doing any of this tonight if you didn't finish.
IB Biology - Here's a good video to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gG7uCskUOrA
Here's a good review website:
And here are some practice quizzes that might help prepare you for the test tomorrow. https://www.biologycorner.com/quiz/DNA1_qz.html
Please know that the info we went over today is from the test so please focus on that.
Honors Biology - the online simulation( http://genes.inquiry-hub.net/ ) Please finish the two entries we now have for the simulation before tomorrow.
IB Biology - Today you took a test. Good job. Rest. On Monday there will be a murder mystery to solve!
Honors Biology - Today we sort of caught up with ourselves on the mutation simulations. Part of getting caught up included the following reading activity.
Mutations Background Information
Mutations are changes in the DNA of an organism. These mutations can be harmful, helpful or neutral (not having any impact on the organism at all.) There are three types of mutations-insertion, deletion and substitution.
Substitution mutations occur when a single base pair is substituted for the correct base. For example, if a section of DNA is ATTCG, the mutated strand could be ATTGG.
Insertion mutations occur when one or more base pairs is added (inserted) to a DNA sequence. For example, if a section of DNA is ATTCG, the mutated strand could be ATATCG.
Deletion mutations occur when one or more base pairs are omitted from a DNA sequence. For example, if a section of DNA is ATTCG, the mutated strand could be ATCG.
Mutations can happen for several reasons.
IB Biology - Today we examined our last piece of research and for some of you this was hard. I know you want to do well, but this does require a lot of work. For the SL topics you need to continue to come prepared, after the readings, with your lingering questions. The SL topics (1-6) are a review from your freshman year, but your HL topics (7-11) we will go over in deep detail. Regardless of the level we must all engage. I mentioned to one students that there was a question on the exam from last year that was an entire page long, but really only relied on you knowing the fact that small molecules move faster through a gel than large ones. IB is about thinking deeply and that is HARD! I say this because I want you to come to me and engage me with your questions, and I will continue to engage you with challenging questions. For tonight I want you to finish working on your videos and to bring me your questions about your assigned chapter.
Honors Biology - Today's video on muscles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94Q-fvCAJzQ Hopefully you were able to get the basics about how muscles move. In class you should have also read the article that I posted at the bottom of this blog to reinforce the ideas we saw in the movie, but also to see what happens to the muscles of people who have DMD. So by tomorrow you should have drawings on the right which reflect healthy muscle, but on the left side of your entry you should have mirrored drawings but with what the muscles would look like with DMD. Don't forget that your illustrations should be accompanied with explanations of what we are looking at, color, and "clean" labels.
If you would like to learn more about muscles, try playing around on anatomy arcade at: http://www.anatomyarcade.com/games/PAM/PAM.html
IB Biology - Tonight I want you to complete question 4 on page 60 and questions 1 and 2 on page 139. These are review questions. These should be ready to be turned in on a separate sheet of paper. In addition, your video should be near complete or finished. I would like you to email them to firstname.lastname@example.org because it will be easier for me to utilize. If they are massive in file size, please bring it on a thumb drive.
Honors Biology - Today we took a short break from our research on MDM and got a briefing on macromolecules since we are talking a lot about proteins. This "cheat" sheet went in on the right side of an entry and on the left we started to make drawings on each macromolecule type. All I really want you to see is the different components/atoms that make these things up. They don't have to be super complex. You will finish the drawings tonight if we didn't in class and then find 3 everyday substances that fall into each category. Yes, that is a minimum of 12 total substances. You can just search, "Sources of ________" and you should know what foods contain them.
IB Biology - Today we reflected on some review questions from Chapters 1 and 2. Next, you had your last day to work on your video. Once you have finished your video and emailed that to email@example.com, you should have downloaded the powerpoint on DNA replication, reviewed the work, and then written questions you have about the material so you can look for your answers in the videos your classmates have created. Remember that tomorrow you will be having a guest speaker and will meet in the little theater instead of 187. See you then.
Honors Biology - Today we first reviewed the ideas from yesterday, which was "why do we need to know stuff about proteins and macromolecules?" Next we reviewed what we know about DMD and muscles. Lastly we made some connections between muscles, fascicles, myofibril, and fibers, and then then added skeleton, tendon, actin, myosin, and dystrophin to the mix. The last thing we did was look at some statistics on proteins found (or not) in muscles. Turns out that people with DMD have higher levels of creatine kinase and lower levels of dystrophin. It seems that actin and myosin is about the same! Tonight, on the left side of the entry we started today, I want you to find out the roles that creatine kinase and dystrophin play in muscle tissue. To do this you need to watch the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ebu8W8Osuxk
IB Biology - Today we had the great opportunity to hear from Dr. Byron Jones, and I learned that Kat Jones renamed herself "rainbow cuddles" (or something like that) when she was a little kid! Interesting! Your work for tonight is to go through chapter 7.1 and to identify those parts of the chapter you are struggling with so we can see some "informational" videos on the topic and straighten things out. Please come prepared.
Honors Biology - Today we had the great opportunity to hear from Dr. Byron Jones. If I didn't like you as much as I do I would probably go and become a pharmacist! I had an article planned for you tonight, but I think I'm actually going to save it for later. That means that you only need to come prepared with the video questions I had you respond to last night. Come prepared! Yes, you are welcome.
IB Biology - Well, today was interesting. You have read chapter 7.1 and took notes and wrote questions, and then you saw the videos created for it, and then you had a chance to have me answer your questions that still linger. This weekend I want you to distill your work on 7.1 and if you have ANY lingering questions, I want to attack them first thing on Monday. Second, I need you to preview 7.2. Be sure to look at the first panel in the chapter so you know what you should know, then read, then list any questions you might have about he material so we can start the process we just did with chapter 7.2.
BONUS, If you would like to earn an easy extra credit point towards homework you could also read the following and write an analysis of the moral implications of these finding.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170816145357.htm If you just blast through this you probably won't get the point. Consider the impact of the past on the future, and our present and how it's been influenced by the past. Think about the "crimes of the father". And what about our current social climate?
Honors Biology - Today, after I showed you the 2020 travel trip, we talked about the role of creatine kinase, dystrophin, and calcium in DMD muscles. And we discussed the idea of how dystrophin acts like a boat anchor. Your job this weekend is to come up with a UNIQUE analogy (not my boat idea) to what dystophin, creatine kinase, and calcium do in a DMD muscle. This should be written on the bottom of the left hand page we made last night.
IB Biology - Tomorrow is your next big unit exam and will be on water and macromolecules. I answered every question you might have but the list is still posted on last Friday. As to the project I introduced today, I know it looks like a ton of information for this week, but we're going to be splitting it up so don't worry. You and your partner(s) will be making an entertaining video on your third of the content (7.1, 7.2, and 7.3).
7.1 DNA Structure and Replication
Nucleosomes, Histone, DNA
Lagging and leading strands
Non-coding=regulation, introns, telomeres, tRNA, rRNA
Transcription and expression 7.2Promoters
Epigenetics: environment vs genetics
Nucleosomes regulate transcription
Methylation and epigenetics
Direction - 5’-3’
Post Transcription modification: introns and exons
Nucleic Acids - Translation 7.3
Ribosomal structure. Look up tRNA and rRNA on visualization site
Start codon to initiation, elongation, and termination
Free and bound ribosomes
Primary Structure: Number and sequence
Secondary Structure: Alpha helices, Beta Pleats
Tertiary Structure: R-group interactions for folding
Quaternary Structure: More than one peptide chain
Prokaryotic vs Eukaryotic translation
Honors Biology - Today we started by reviewing the criteria for, and grading of, your final unit assessment/project. You will eventually (Wednesday) be placing this work onto a poster paper for public display so make sure you do it well. You must address each of the criteria (which is still listed on last Friday). Tomorrow we will work on your reflection.
IB Biology - Today we took a Macromolecule Unit exam. Tonight I want you to do two things. 1) I want you to work on your video on replication, transcription, translation. 2) I would like you to thoughtfully respond to DBQ 353, and TOK 347, 351. Please be prepared to turn it in so put it on a separate piece of paper.
Honors Biology - Today we spent our time working on our final assessment, but you added the final piece, your reflection. This reflection should include 1) What was easy for you. 2) What was difficult to understand. 3) On a scale of 1-10 how effective was your learning this unit and why? 4) What would you like to know more about?
Oh, also you should highlight, underline, or enlarge text for each topic that you have written up for your final assessment/case study so it is easy to put this together tomorrow.
IB Biology - Dear IB Students, the following link is from Mr. Davis and is the form that you need to fill out in order to register for your May tests. Please be sure to fill it out before the 26th of October as that is our deadline. LINK
As to continuing our understanding of replication, transcription, and translation I want you to complete DBQ on page 358. Please know that you should read the question, identify those parts that your are unclear about, read those sections of the book, and then attack the prompt. Please don't freak out if you struggle, just write your questions and I'll address them on Friday when I return.
Honors Biology - Today we spent the entire day putting our final unit projects together. Sheesh! That took longer than I expected. Regardless, that's done and you have NO HOMEWORK tonight!!! Yes, it is one of those rare occasions. Tomorrow you will have a substitute and I will be at a conference. They will be doing a piece of work with you that will help us start to think about our next unit.
IB Biology - OUT TODAY. You should have worked on your video projects today, but tonight I need you to go through the same process as yesterday to attack the DBQ on page 369. Read the DBQ, Find what you are unclear about, go back to the question and do what you can, and then write questions for what you don't know. Always attempt what you can though. This will be turned in on Friday so do them on a separate sheet of paper. ALSO, By Friday you should have a content script pretty much ready to go for filming. Please come prepared with a fairly solid script. Yes, you need to get workin!
Honors Biology - Today you had Mr. Vint covering your class. You took the concepts of atoms, molecules, macromolecules, cells, tissues, mitosis, DNA, mRNA, helicase, polymerase, and genetics and found information on these and then made illustrations for each and then showed their relationship to each other using lines and with connecting statements written on those lines. There is no one right way to do this, but you should have all concepts illustrated, color coded, connected with lines, and then relationships explained on the lines. This is all due tomorrow when I return from my training, please don't give me excuses instead.
IB Biology - Today we got caught up by discussing the basics of DNA wrapping (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKubyIRiN84) and then looking at other visualizations on this site to see the structures n 3-D. http://www.rcsb.org/pdb/results/results.do?tabtoshow=Current&qrid=6EA3B81A In addition, here's the walk through on transcription and translation, http://www.phschool.com/science/biology_place/biocoach/transcription/premrna.html. It doesn't show everything you need, but should give you a good frame work for understanding the process. This weekend you need to make sure that you are ready to go with your video. On Monday we'll take a look back at the lab reports you produced. ...you should also come with any other questions you may have.
Honors Biology - Today we started by watching a video about kids with some disability. Some of you were able to add insights to living with disabilities. We then discussed questions that you developed about these kids and what questions we would ask to find out what is going on with these lids and we prioritized them to find out what we would need to learn about next. It turns out that after careful conversation with you that with everything we observed the problem seems to boil down to issues with the muscles, so that's where we'll pick up on Monday. Have a great weekend.
IB Biology - Please read the following article and while reading this I want you to use the information found in chapter 2.6 and 2.7 to explain the article paragraph by paragraph.Protein Synthesis:RNA hidden regulator https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180716114529.htm
Your explanation should include:
The Structure of Nucleotides, RNA, and DNA
How is mRNA formed. What role it plays?
What is the function of nucleotides and how that relates to codons?
How regulation works in protein synthesis
Why could the content of this article be an issue, but also how might this help us?
What does 3'-5' mean and why is this importan?
How does Chargaff data connect to this article?
This will be due on Thursday so be sure to come prepared to ask questions each day as you come to class.
Honors Biology - Today we took a long look at the research you completed this lasts week. Wow! I found a lot of interesting data. In 3rd period I learned that eating complex carbohydrates the night before, consuming simple carbs can be useful in a shorter duration, and that deep breathing, while it may relax us, does not help us with the oxygen needed for push-ups. Turns out that elevated breathing helps gas exchange.
BUT we still had a lingering question about how our muscles slow down and burn no matter what we do. We then got a chance to see what actually is happening when we don't get enough oxygen. Since we didn't get to finish this today, tonight I want you to just go to the left side of our entry and find out two ways that an athlete can improve the lactic acid/lactate tolerance.
IB Biology - Today we continued our work in the lab. Please make sure that any modifications to your procedures is accounted for in the final lab report. Tomorrow will be your last day to collect data. IN the meantime, I need you to attach the next questions/concepts to the article I assigned yesterday. Please be sure to tell me how these are connected to what is in the article. This will be turned in tomorrow. Semi-conservative Replication, Meselson-Stahl's experiment (see DBQ113-114), and helicase vs polymerase are all concepts to be tied to the article. I am very concerned at the completion rate for some of you.
Honors Biology - Today we continued the conversation about fermentation and then discussed homeostasis and feedback in the body. This is all we need to know at this point! We are sooooo close to the big unit assessment, but before we get there we'll being doing an intensive case study which will set us up. Tonight I want you to find more examples of feedback and how that feedback helps us maintain homeostasis. You must have an example of positive feedback and negative feedback, so two. Yes, you should explain how the feedback maintains our homeostasis.
IB Biology - Today we continued to discuss the article and the many parts of replication, transcription, and translation. There are few things more I would like you to briefly add to your understanding: How does PCR work and what is it useful for? and How is insulin grown via bacteria? Do these actually relate to the article we read?
Tomorrow you will have an opportunity to ask more questions and to finish your homework and your lab. The lab will be turned in Friday, but the homework is due tomorrow at the end of class. Your unit test will be pushed to early next week, Monday or Tuesday.
Honors Biology - Today you reflected on feedback and homeostasis first and then were introduced to the case study that should prepare you for your unit final. This case study on an athlete (2000 meter row) should be worked on and will be due by Friday. You can find an electronic copy of this case study below in case you were not in class. Tomorrow is a short day so make sure to come prepared with questions that you may have on the work. This is very similar to what your unit final will look like.
IB Biology - Today we covered everything from 2.6 and 2.7, the article, and the connections. Tomorrow you will need to submit your finished lab report. This lab report should be modeled after our last lab having raw data, processed data in the form of a graph, as well as a test of data validity in the form of a t-test. We will also do a review tomorrow of all of the material that will be on the unit exam which will be on Tuesday.
Honors Biology - Today we started by looking at your lab reports. Nice work overall, but this first formal lab is an assignment with low risk. If you chose, as an individual, to redo your group work, please make a copy of your groups' lab. Next, Take pictures (or take the corrected lab), open a copy of the lab write-up checklist, and make your corrections. If you choose to do this a hard copy must be resubmitted to me tomorrow. Any identical papers will result in a zero for both people. Lastly, while I spent a chunk of time covering the 2000m Row case study, you should have all of your answers completed for submission tomorrow.
IB Biology - The following are all of the topics you should familiarize yourself with for our unit exam. The exam will be on Tuesday so please be sure to note any last minute questions you may have so I can respond to them on Monday.
Properties of water
Cell membrane structure
Carbohydrates - mono/poly
Lipids - Structure fatty acid
Ratio of components
DNA vs RNA
(Your next test will have much of this)
Honors Biology - Today you started a new entry titled, " Your Case Study - A Unit Assessment"
This Final Unit Project will probably be in the form of a presentation poster that shows the following:
Condition of your choice. Athlete, flu patient, infected wound.
Specific cells affected
Medical history (optional)
Cell function including membranes.
How glucose is used and constructed
How cells get what they need.
Does fermentation happen?
How do the components cycle back to plants?
How feedback in the body helps maintain homeostasis?
Can you engineer/prescribe something that is more effective in preventing or promoting healing?
Reflect on your understanding of sickness and health as a final piece.
Bonus to get the Five!
Include multiple condition, genetic issues, immune response, etc.
BY MONDAY you should have your case study laid out. In other words, you should know what you are doing as far as who the patient is and their condition, as well as a basic idea of how your content attaches to this person's condition.
IB Biology - Today we started by turning in our homework and finishing our protein introduction. I then touched a little bit on enzymes and how we would be designing some research on enzymes that focus on Lipases, proteases, and amylases. You selected your groups and tonight I need you to prepare for this by being familiar (i.e. know them well) with the following concepts found in chapter 2.5 and 8.1. Be sure you know about the many examples (DBQ 100) that might inspire your enzyme research. AND BE SURE to know about the lactose free milk on page 105.
Honors Biology - Today we put some pieces together for the next question we had which was where does the glucose come from and how does it store energy? You turned in your POGIL from Friday, we then discussed the results, and finally made drawings of chloroplasts and the photosynthetic process. Tomorrow we'll start getting back into the athletic process and so I need you to think about cellular respiration, photosynthesis, heart rate, and respiration rate, etc. and how that would look if you were going to manipulate one of these factors. In other words, much more simply put, what could you do, knowing what you know, to an athlete that would improve their performance? If you could only change one thing to prepare them for an athletic event, what would you change and why? Write this on a piece of paper to be turned in tomorrow.
IB Biology - Today we made sure to address your questions about enzymes. You asked some fabulous questions and I think you're ready for the quiz tomorrow. While we will take the quiz on 2.5 tomorrow, we will also go into the design of your lab. Tonight you and your partners should have isolated your fundamental question you will investigate. This along with purpose, a title, and a hypothesis. This should be on a shared document that you can all contribute to! As you design this lab, be sure you really understand what is found on pages 100-104. It's all about labs!
Honors Biology - Today we started our day with a recap of what we know and how our latest process of photosynthesis relates to cell respiration. We then discussed our lab where we'll attempt to improve our athlete's performance.
BUT, of course, we first needed to tackle the ethics of experimentation. We'll be working on athletes, but I asked you about your opinion on using animals, and primates, and humans. On the left side of our entry, on the top half, I asked you about experimenting with cells. Kind of an odd question, but tell me what you think. Directly below this, on the bottom half, I want you to give me a general guideline for YOU. What is and isn't acceptable in experimentation for you. Please note that our stance at high school is one where we never put animals in any situation that could cause them harm.
Lastly, we will start taking baseline data on your athlete tomorrow. To prepare for this I want you to go through the list of factors we could change and to decide on the top two factors you want to experiment with. Remember that you want to affect your athlete as much as possible, so pick well. To do this I want you to highlight your top two choice from the list we made today.
IB Biology - Today, after taking our quiz on enzymes, we spent our time developing our enzymatic reaction lab. At this point you should have sent me a materials list for the kinds of lab ware that I can provide. You should also have all of your initial work (title, hypothesis, purpose, etc.) completed and ready to be utilized/tested. Please understand that you will be turning in a group report. Oh, also understand that we will continue to learn new metabolic processes as we do this lab. Be ready to go tomorrow.
Honors Biology - Today our whole purpose was to write up our shared lab report on increase the performance of an athlete (How to create an overnight superstar). If you follow the lab report guidelines below, you cannot go wrong, USE THEM! If you want to see a really nice example of a lab, you also have a sample on the "Online Resources" you can look at one. It's not on this topic, but it should give you a good idea of the proper format!
IMPORTANT! I noticed that many of you did not collect baseline data on your test subject. DON'T WORRY. You can collect this data tonight once you have established your procedures. You only need to have your lab report up to part 5, this baseline data collected for tomorrow, AND whatever treatment you will do to your athlete.
IB Biology - SO the finalizing of your lab write up should have happened today. You made sure you used metric measurements, the procedures were easy and clear to follow, and you have your materials. In the meantime, while we experiment, we need to continue to learn new content. For this week I want you to do the following: Choose one of these these supplements that people use to improve their lives. Next, I want you to look at the EVIDENCE of their efficacy. EVIDENCE.... you may find that here is little, or that it is incomplete in what they report! Be a good skeptic. Please look at three sources that are not the manufacturer. Here's your list to choose from, but you can also do any other product that is not on there.
Glucosamine and chondroitin,
Alpha Lipoic acid,
...and MANY more.
Once you have the research, tomorrow we will put it into a format, so just worry about collecting data.
Honors Biology - Today was a big lab day! You collected data on your treated athlete. Do NOT be concerned if your data does not come out as expected, this is good data too. Your only task tonight is to create a data chart using the shared document you created in class. Now take the data table and the bar graph and paste it into your document. If it isn't perfect, don't worry. We can clean it up later.
IB Biology - Today was day 2 of your experimentation. This entire lab will be due on Thursday of next week, please make sure you are doing what needs to get done. For now, I need you to finish the assignment you started last night. Using page 84 and the research you have done on your health supplement report to use by creating a One Pager. This is one piece of paper that has the name of the product, pictures related to it's supposed cures. I want you to tell me about the implication and limitations of the evidence for the product. I want you to also include an illustration, and report the data. Make a nice border, and then include something about placebo effect and the mind/body connection that might play a role. As long as you have these components, you are great. One page, that's it! Oh, one side of one page. Make it beautiful.
Honors Biology - Today we started our day discussing the Nobel prize in biology. We then discussed our homework from two days ago about how we feel about experimentation on cells. The reviews from you were mixed, but then we watched the short video on Henrietta Lacks (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eW_0ZMEYAQI) and your responses changed a little bit. Remember, your opinion is your opinion, but I hope you have solid reasons for what you believe. Well, anyway, the last thing we did was t review your data and the graph you created. And lastly, you created a conclusion. Your lab is due on Monday. ONE HARD COPY from your group. Please make sure that you and your partners carefully use the lab write up guidelines found below.
This page contains nearly everything that you need if you missed class.