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BTEC Assignment 1 - The Gene Code

Scenario:
You are working for the Sanger Institute as a public liaison officer and have been asked to create a leaflet explaining to KS4 students how the genetic code controls the structure and function of cells and organs and systems within the human body.


Pass:
Describe the structure of DNA and explain what genes are
• Give examples of inherited characteristics
Show, using punette squares, how these inherited characteristics are passed on.

Merit:
Describe, using scientific language what variation is. Give two examples.
• Choose one organism and with reference to diagrams show how that organism has evolved.
Explain, referring to genetic crosses and a given example, how variation leads to evolution

Distinction:
Explain what a mutation is, give an example.
• Referring to genetic code, explain how a mutation can affect the physical structure of an organism.
• Give examples of where the genetic code could be used to create a designer organism.

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