Note to teachers and students: Links below will become live as each topic is published. The entire unit should be done by mid-December. Thanks for your patience.
1. Topics 6.1 and 6.2: DNA structure and replication
2. Topics 6.3 and 6.4: Transcription and Translation
3. Topics 6.5-6.6: Gene Regulation and Expression
4. Topic 6.7: Viruses, Mutation, and Horizontal Gene Transfer
Note from Mr. W: With the exception of objectives relating to how retroviruses violate the Central Dogma and horizontal gene transfer through transduction, the College Board’s Course and Exam Description barely mentions viruses. But in the context of the COVID-19 Pandemic (not to mention AIDS and other viral diseases), teaching AP Bio without teaching about viruses is, to me, unimaginable. That’s why I’m promoting the structure and content of Topic 6.7 below.
6. Topic 6.8: Genetic Engineering
Genetic Engineering Student Learning Guide
Topic 6.8, Part 1: Genetic Engineering through Plasmids
Topic 6.8 Part 2: Gel Electrophoresis, Restriction Fragment Length Analysis, and DNA Fingerprinting
Topic 6.8, Part 3: Amplifying DNA by PCR (the Polymerase Chain Reaction)
Topic 6.8, Part 4: A Few More Genetic Engineering Techniques to Know About: Sequencing and CRISPR