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DNA Day Essay Contest

Posted on Monday, March 8, 2010 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors.

The contest aims to challenge students to examine, question, and reflect on the important concepts of genetics. Essays are expected to contain substantive, well-reasoned arguments indicative of a depth of understanding of the concepts related to the essay questions.

DNA Day Essay Contest

Write an essay of less than 750 words on one of the following topics.

  • Option 1: Scientists can now determine the complete DNA sequences of organisms, including humans. Now that this milestone has been reached, is there a reason to continue learning about Mendel, alleles, and inheritance patterns? Explain your answer.
  • Option 2: Genetic testing allows geneticists to determine an individual’s DNA sequence, and research has identified a number of genes, such as HMGA2 and GDF5, that are associated with height. Will such associations allow scientists and physicians to predict a person’s final adult height from infancy? Explain your answer.

Submission Deadline: 15 March 2010 at 5:00 PM EST