Lesson 6: How do DNA and protein determine behavior?
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In this lesson, students learn about a cutting-edge technique used in scientific research. Students learn about RNA interference (RNAi), a research technique that scientists use to disrupt protein expression and function. In order for students to develop an understanding of what RNAi is and how it can be used to answer scientific questions, students explore several NetLogo models that incorporate RNAi simulations. The computer program NetLogo allows students to test virtual planarians in order to determine the role a protein has on planarian behavior. Students explore the possible impact that an alteration in protein production levels could have on simulated planarian behavior.