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Finding a Gene on the Chromosome Map

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    University of Utah

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Finding a Gene on the Chromosome Map

In this activity, learners use pedigree and jigsaw puzzles to explore how scientists use genetic information from a family to identify a gene associated with a genetic disorder. This activity will help learners explore the basics of human genetics including chromosomes, alleles, inheritance, mutations, and genetic pedigrees.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Simulation



  • Life Sciences
    • Heredity and Genetics
      • Patterns of Heredity
      • Human Genetics
      • DNA Structure and Function
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Representation
  • The Nature of Science
    • Science as a Career

Informal Categories

  • Toys


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • read

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Logan, Jennifer; Mitchell, April; Stark, Louisa; Wilson, Ellen T.

Source Collection:

  • Teach.Genetics


  • All Rights Reserved, University of Utah, ©2005

Funding Source:

  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Precollege Science Education Initiative for Biomedical Research Institutions Award, 51000125, 51000176


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