Lab 15. Mutations in Genes: How Do Different Types of Mutations in Genes Affect the Function of an Organism? is one lab from the NSTA Press book entitled Argument-Driven Inquiry in Life Science. This lab introduces students to the transfer of genetic information and how DNA mutations can influence the organism. It gives students the opportunity to use a computer simulation to explore how mutations affect the shape of proteins made from a DNA sequence (https://concord.org/stem-resources/mutations). Scale and proportion are used to investigate the phenomena; connecting it to the resulting structure and function of organisms.
The investigation provides background content for the educator and comprehensive instructions for the incorporation of the lesson into the class. Secondary to the "Teacher Notes" is a student "Lab Handout" and "Checkout Questions" that can be used in its entirety or segmented.