Part 1 of the Assignment – WRITE SHORT PAPER ASSIGNMENT.

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Minimum 2-page reaction paper on the TED TALK: Sleep is Your Superpower. Any format.

Part 2 of the Assignment: This is a completely different assignment


With advances in DNA sequencing and the relatively new field of genomics, scientists are quickly unraveling the mystery of diseases by discovering their direct link to our genes.  We have already touched on the role of genes in disease when we did our case study of obesity and learned how a mutation in a receptor can keep leptin from binding to a cell. In this assignment you will work in small groups so that you can develop a stronger foundation in the genetics behind many diseases. 

Step 1: Finding your assigned disease and group

 Each person in the group will be responsible for becoming an expert on an assigned genetic disease by addressing the questions below.  There will be at most 6 people per group and two will be covering a sex linked disease, two will cover an autosomal dominant disease and two will cover an autosomal recessive disease. The purpose of this assignment is to give you practice using terminology correctly, to develop mastery with three main ways that genetic disorders can be inherited and practice doing genetic crosses.

The topic is about Tay Sachs Disease .

Link about it is found here:

Step 2: Concepts to cover in your Essay:

1) Give a brief explanation of the disease by explaining the symptoms or characteristics. 2) How is it inherited? Which chromosome does the gene reside on? What protein does the gene code for? 3) What kind of mutation is involved?  How does this create the defective function? 4) Are there any treatments available or are there ways to correct the genetic defect? 5) What, if any, prescreening measures are available? 6) Demonstrate your understanding of this disease by making up your own genetic testcross question (with answer) which members in your group will be responsible for answering by doing a Punnett square.  You will pretend that a couple is going to a genetic counselor to get advice and they want to know the chances of having a child ( a son, and/or daughter) with the disease based on known or unknown genetic information (maybe another family member has the disease).  Be creative but give your classmates enough information to solve the Punnett square. Look in your textbook at the end of chapters 19 and 20 for examples of ways such questions could be worded.

In addition to information in the textbook Human Biology 11th edition by Starr and McMillan, you can find the book here, find TWO INFORMATIVE web-sites or peer reviewed scientific papers for your chosen disease. At the end of the report, put the citations for the web pages you used. DO NOT COPY DIRECTLY FROM ANY WEB PAGE. THAT WILL BE CONSIDERED PLAGIARISM! USE YOUR OWN WORDS!!

Step 3: Posting

I will create an answer key for your group that consists of all test questions and answers. So only include the answer to your test cross when you post to the Assignment link below and remember to delete the answer when posting your paper on your Group’s Discussion Board for Module 7 (so your group doesn’t see the answer). I will create a key based on the answers you will write under your question and I will post the key to your Group’s Discussion Board towards the end of the Module.

Post your report both Below these instructions (Module 7 Assignment link) AND to the Discussion Board for Module 7 (you will only see the papers for the students in your group.) 


See the grading rubric for guidance on what is expected for full credit.

Rubric for the Writing Assignment below

Writing Assignment
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeQuality of Writing4.0 ptsExemplary: Sentences are complete, grammar is excellent. No spelling errors and organization is clear. Well written in student’s own words. Appropriate use of quotes.3.0 ptsAccomplished:Generally well written but there are a few errors in punctuation & spelling or organization is a bit unclear.There was excessive use of quotes rather than paraphrasing2.0 ptsDeveloping:Some of sentences are incomplete. Some spelling & punctuation errors; organization is muddled. One quarter of paper was plagiarized and/or there was a lack of proper citations1.0 ptsBeginning: More than half of sentences are incomplete. Paragraph structure is largely missing and essay is difficult to read. More than half of paper was plagiarized0.0 ptsNo effort: student plagiarized entire paper4.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Data Analysis4.0 ptsExemplary: Not only successfully collects or analyzes data and rigorously interprets the results but also finds other data or information for consideration.3.0 ptsAccomplished: Successfully collects or identifies relevant data and rigorously presents and interprets the results.2.0 ptsDeveloping: Successfully collects or identifies relevant data but fails to thoroughly interpret the results1.0 ptsBeginning: Fails to collect or analyze data and information or data collection is not thorough.0.0 ptsNo Effort: Fails to collect or analyze data4.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Scientific Concepts4.0 ptsExemplary: Answers reveal an accurate, sophisticated understanding of the underlying scientific concepts.3.0 ptsAccomplished: Answers reveal an accurate understanding of most of the underlying scientific concepts2.0 ptsDeveloping: Answers reveal a limited understanding of the underlying scientific concepts1.0 ptsBeginning: Answers reveal an inaccurate understanding of the underlying scientific concepts.0.0 ptsNo effort: Fails to address any of the scientific concepts4.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeFrames Personal Response4.0 ptsExemplary: Not only formulates a clear and precise point of view with 3 or more pieces of supporting evidence but acknowledges objections and rival positions and provides convincing replies to these.3.0 ptsAccomplished: Formulates a clear & precise point of view with at least 3 pieces of supporting evidence from reputable sources. Seriously discusses its weakness as well as its strength.2.0 ptsDeveloping: Formulates a vague point of view with less than 3 pieces of evidence, some of which is not from reputable sources. Considers weak but not strong alternative positions.1.0 ptsBeginning: Fails to formulate & clearly express own point of view and fails to consider other perspectives. Does not provide evidence from reputable sources.0.0 ptsNo Effort: Fails to formulate & clearly express own point of view4.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeConclusions4.0 ptsExemplary: Conclusions are valid and well supported with experimental evidence. Data is accurately used.3.0 ptsAccomplished: Conclusions are valid and consistent with some of the data that is referenced.2.0 ptsDeveloping: Conclusions are attempted but may reflect some error or misinterpretation of data.1.0 ptsBeginning: Conclusions are not attempted or are not based at all on data but may only be opinion without evidence.0.0 ptsNo Effort: Conclusions are not attempted4.0 pts
Total Points: 20.0