DNA Technology Project Guidelines

To:  Parents/Guardians of biology students

From: Mrs. Daigneault/Ms. Pierce

Date:  October 25, 2018

Re:  DNA Technology Projects

Today your student received a packet containing all of the requirements and deadlines for their science expo project as well as guidelines for everything they must complete.  These projects are done on an individual basis.  The project must be an approved DNA technology topic.

We are asking each student to take these packets home and go through them with their parents so that everyone is clear on the requirements.  The project represents approximately 40% of their 2nd quarter grade.  ANY missed deadline will result in –5 points per day late.

If you have any questions concerning this information, please feel free to contact me at school between 7:15am and 2:45pm at 872-1990 (extension #2403 Pierce or #2409 Daigneault) or through email (jpierce@aos92.org or kdaigneault@aos92.org).

The packet is available online, as a link from the Winslow High School website (whs.aos92.org) or directly, at:           https://sites.google.com/a/aos92.org/celluar-genetics-course-page/

After you have gone through the packet with your student please sign the form below, cut it off and have them return it during their class time this week.  Thank you.

                                                    DNA TECHNOLOGY PROJECT DEADLINES

                            **Due dates are dependent on when students have class (black or orange day).**

Wed/Thurs Oct 31 / Nov 1 -  Deadline to have the letter signed by parent / guardian returned to your teacher and Deadline to sign up for a topic on google classroom

Thurs / Fri November 15 / 16 - research folder check

Thurs / Fri November 29 / 30 - research folder check and report check-in

Thurs / Fri December 13 / 14 - rough draft due on google classroom

Thurs/Fri January 3/4 - Oral presentations in class and Final paper and Research folder due in class


All documents that are turned in electronically must be created using Google Docs, and loaded into Google Classroom using your school account ONLY.  No other format will be accepted or graded.  All electronic submissions will be uploaded to Google Classroom by 2:30pm on the due date or by class time for the research folder checks. .


The following list has possible ideas for your science expo project. There will be a topic sign up sheet on google classroom for each class – this is to avoid having many of the same topics in one class.

Tissue or organ engineering

Genetic diversity of endangered species (how to “save” using genetics)

Genetically modified plants

Genetically modified animals

Applications of stem cells including gene therapy

Pharmacogenomics/personalized medicine/immunotherapy


Genetic anthropology (tracing human DNA history)

Behavioral genetics (how do genes affect behavior)

DNA barcoding


Molecular DNA techniques

CRISPR and its uses

A Specific Genetic Disease, the gene affected and the current research on it

                                                            POSSIBLE RELIABLE RESOURCES

A cart will be set up in the library with specific books to assist with this project. See Ms. Johnson in the library for details.  Wikipedia, ask.com, etc… are NOT reliable internet resources and will NOT be accepted as one of your sources.  This symbol ** shows that a resource counts as a scientific journal or magazine. All of your information must come from sources on the list below or from GALE from our school library site.

www.cdc.gov (Centers for Disease Control)

** http://discovermagazine.com (Discover magazine)

http://learn.genetics.utah.edu (Genetics Information)

www.kumc.edu/gec (Genetics Education Center)

www.pbs.org/topics/science-nature/ (PBS)

http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov (Your Guide for Understanding Genetic Conditions)

www.ygyh.org (Your Genes, Your Health)

** www.sciencemag.org (Science Magazine)

** www.sciencedaily.com (Science Daily)

** www.sciencenews.org (Science News Magazine)

www.genomics.energy.gov (Genomic information)

www.healthline.com (Medical website)

www.cancer.org (American Cancer Society)

www.webmd.com (WebMD)

http://labtestsonline.org (Labtests online)

http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/disorders/whataregd/ (genetic disorders)

http://kidshealth.org/parent/system/medical/genetics.html (genetic disorders)

http://dmoz.org/Science/Biology/Genetics/Eukaryotic/Animal/Mammal/Human/ (gene therapy, disorders)

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov (National Institutes of Health)

http://scinfo.org (sickle cell disease)

http://www.dnalc.org/resources/animations/ (DNA Learning Center)


http://essig.berkeley.edu/endins/popgen.htm (endangered species)

 http://www.frozenark.org/ (endangered species)

www.bionetonline.org/English/default.htm (bioethics)

www.ageofpersonalizedmedicine.org (personalized medicine)

http://phe.rockefeller.edu/docs/BarcodeScientificAmerican.2008.10.pdf (DNA barcoding)

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/About/primer/bioinformatics.html (bioinformatics)

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/~ucbhjow/b241/techniques.html (techniques of molecular genetics)

http://www.dnalc.org/view/16979-DNA-Barcoding.html (DNA barcoding)

http://www.dnalc.org/resources/dnatoday/111103-history-dna-barcoding.html (DNA barcoding)

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/About/primer/pharm.html (pharmacogenomics)

http://www.futuremedicine.com/loi/pgs (pharmacogenomics)

tissue-engineering.net (Tissue Engineering and Stem Cell research)

http://www.tissue-engineering.net/index.php?seite=whatiste (Tissue engineering)

http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/AnimalCloning/default.htm (Animal cloning)

http://www.ornl.gov/sci/techresources/Human_Genome/elsi/cloning.shtml (cloning)

http://www.ornl.gov/sci/techresources/Human_Genome/elsi/gmfood.shtml (GM food, plants)

**http://www.nature.com/gt/index.html  (gene therapy)

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/epigenetics.html (epigenetics)

**http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1952313,00.html (epigenetics)

http://www.geneticanthropology.org/ (Genetic Anthropology)

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/tcga/ (Genetic Anthropology)

http://www.ornl.gov/sci/techresources/Human_Genome/elsi/behavior.shtml (behavioral genetics)

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/About/primer/bioinformatics.html (Bioinformatics)

http://bioinformatics.oxfordjournals.org/content/by/year (bioinformatics)

** hudsonalpha.org/education/lifelong-learning/overcoming-obstacles (biotech basics)

** ngm.nationalgeographic.com (national geographic magazine)

** www.newsweek.com/tech-science (Newsweek magazine)

https://www.neb.com/tools-and-resources/feature-articles/crispr-cas9-and-targeted-genome-editing-a-new-era-in-molecular-biology (CRISPR)

http://www.nature.com/news/crispr-gene-editing-is-just-the-beginning-1.19510 (CRISPR)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pp17E4E-O8 (CRISPR)


ANY work that you do on your project (ex: references, notes, etc...) should be kept in a 2 pocket folder or in a google doc.  All notes and information concerning your project should be recorded and kept in the folder or google doc.

Since reference information does need to be kept for the bibliography, easybib.com should be used.  While doing reference searches, you can enter the URL of the website or ISBN number of the book into the easybib site for easy, proper MLA citation formatting.  Make sure to check “yes” when the website asks if you want to display the URL and click “today” next to the “date accessed” to include the date that you used the website.

There will be 2 folder checks in class (see deadlines for dates).  The folder must be brought in or uploaded on time on the required date during your class period or you will receive a ZERO for that check.

Expectations for research folder checks:

1st check – research notes from 4 different sources

2nd check – research notes from 8 different sources and report check-in (worth 10 points)

final check – research notes from 10 different sources with numbers that match the bibliography numbers used in your paper


Your report must be typed, double spaced in size 12 Times New Roman font with standard margins in Google Docs using ONLY your school account.  All sections should be labeled within the paper.   All spelling and grammar should be correct.


  1. title page

- title

- your name

- course and instructor

- date

      2.  Introduction

- general idea of project

      3.  Research (all information must be cited correctly)

- background information on topic

- history of topic

- specifics on genetics of topic (ex. Specific gene if applicable)

- scientific studies that have been done

      4.  Effects on Society

- offer possible solutions to any problems

- possible future impacts/implications of topic

-your thoughts or opinions

-ethical issues, legal issues (the United States vs other Countries)

-organizations, support groups, fundraising

      5.  Bibliography

- minimum of 10 references – 4 from scientific journals or magazines

- information needed for each should be MLA format using easybib.com

- internet references must have a complete address, title of website, author (if provided) and the date accessed

- Wikipedia, ask.com, etc.. can NOT be included as a reference


Points                Section                        Deductions

5                        title page                            none -5

5                        section headings                none -5

15                      introduction                        topic not clear -5

100                    research                            not all cited references used -15

                                                                    no credit without citations -75

40                      effects on society

25                      bibliography                       not a complete reference -2 each

                                                                    less than 4 from journals/magazines -5

                                                                    less than 10 refs -2 for each missing

10                      spelling/grammar                1-5 errors -2

                                                                      6-10 errors -4

                                                                     11-15 errors -6

                                                                     16-20 errors -8

                                                                     more than 20 errors -10

What is Plagiarism?

    Many people think of plagiarism as copying another's work, or borrowing someone else's original ideas.  But terms like “copying” and “borrowing” can disguise the seriousness of the offense.

    According to the Merriam-Webster OnLine Dictionary, to “plagiarize” means:

  1. to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
  2. to use (another's production) without crediting the source
  3. to commit literary theft
  4. to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.

    In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud.  It involves both stealing someone else's work and lying about it afterward.

    But can words and ideas really be stolen?  According to U.S. Law, the answer is yes.  In the United States and many other countries, the expression of original ideas is considered intellectual property and is protected by copyright laws, just like original inventions.  Almost all forms of expression fall under copyright protection as long as they are recorded in some media (such as a book or a computer file).

    All of the following are considered plagiarism:

  • turning in someone else's work as your own
  • copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
  • failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
  • giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
  • changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
  • copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not

    Attention!  Changing the words of an original source is not sufficient to prevent plagiarism.  If you have retained the essential idea of an original source, and have not cited it, then no matter how drastically you may have altered its context or presentation, you have still plagiarized.

    Most cases of plagiarism can be avoided, however, by citing sources.  Simply acknowledging that certain material has been borrowed, and providing your audience with the information necessary to find that source, is usually enough to prevent plagiarism. (1)

1.) Turnitin.com and Research Resources


Your oral presentation will be performed in front of the class and the instructor.  Presentations are designed / intended to: prepare the presenter to feel more comfortable with public speaking, enhance communication skills, allow opportunity for trying / testing new ideas and presentation techniques, and provide a safe haven for personal and public critiquing.  It is highly recommended that practicing in front of a mirror and clock with a family member / friend prior to the class presentation be a part of your preparation plans.  Your presentation will be graded on the following areas as well as the time requirement.  You should aim to give a presentation that lasts between 3:30 and 4:00 minutes.  Anything less than that or more than that will lose points.

Organization                    Content                        Delivery                    Questions                       Time

Flow of presen.            Thorough/com                Excellent eye                   Handles ?                       3:30-4:00

is exc.  Listener            plete coverage                contact, voice               smoothly with    

is never lost.                of subject. Exc.               control, gestures           confidence.

Transitions are            understanding                    & posture.                       Answers all ?    


Flow is good.                    Covered well                    Eye, voice,                   Most ? handled          3:00-3:29

Able to follow                    Good                             gestures ok -                    smoothly -               or

Transitions ok                    understanding             inconsistent                    some with                    over 4:00

                                            of topic                         difficulty

A little                            Research is                    Speech is read            Most questions              2:00-2:59

disjointed                   good. Fair                            / mechanical                     not fielded                 or

Some confusion           understanding                                                        smoothly or                over 4:30

No apparent                    of topic                                                                answers not            

transitions                                                                                                         relevant

Very difficult                    Research is ok                    Delivery is low            Questions                    1:00-1:59

to follow. No                    Poor understanding          quality – just                    handled poorly                or

transitions.                        of topic                            reading                                                               over 5:00

No evidence                    No evidence                    No evidence                    No evidence                less than



There are 450 points total available for this project. The criteria and number of points for each requirement are shown below. For criteria that are not sufficient or absent completely, the standard deduction is 5 points. There will also be a 5 point deduction per day for any late assignments.

Points available

Letter signed 15

Topic sign-up on time 5

Rough Draft 80                        -title page 5 points

-section headings 5 points

-introduction 10 pts.

-research 40 pts.

-no in text citations -20

-bibliography: less than 8 refs. -5


Research checks 40                -good = 20

                                                    -fair = 14

                                                -poor = 8

Report Check-In 10

Presentation 60                        - see presentation sheet for points

Final Documents

a.)  research folder 40                - present 5 pts

                                                    -all research notes present for all references

                                                        -numbers on notes should match numbers in bibliography

20 points will be deducted if this is turned in after the deadline

b.)  final paper 200                - see final paper page for points

100 points will be deducted if this is turned in after the deadline

TOTAL POINTS                          / 450

GRADE                        %