Lesson Plan: The Human Genome Biology

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to describe the components of the human genome and outline why scientists want to study the human genome.


Students will be able to

  • recall that the human genome is all of the DNA found within a human,
  • understand that genes control all genetic and hereditary factors,
  • state that the aims of scientists who researched the human genome were to identify all the genes within the human genome (including those that cause disease) and to study the evolution of living organisms.


Students should already be familiar with

  • the fact that DNA is the genetic material of humans,
  • genes having different forms (alleles).


Students will not cover

  • details of the methods used by The Human Genome Project (e.g., Sanger sequencing).

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