In Class Apr. 4th: DNA in the news

NPR logoToday, we’ll consider two NPR news stories with the questions below to gain familiarity with some important concepts related to DNA.

Science Seeks Clues To Human Health In Neanderthal DNA

  • We’re told that Neanderthal genes have been found in modern Americans. What’s a gene? How does this relate to DNA?
  • How is it that genes/DNA played a role in human survival?

From Kale To Pale Ale, A Love Of Bitter May Be In Your Genes

  • What is a taste receptor?
  • How do different genes result in different experiences in tasting bitterness?
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