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Virtual TtGG: ACE and Winning the Race



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Course Overview


The Teaching the Genome Generation (TtGG) professional development program for high school teachers is offered by The Jackson Laboratory and provides instruction in laboratory techniques, bioinformatics exercises and bioethics discussions. 

In this "Virtual TtGG: ACE and Winning the Race" online course, you will learn how to implement the Teaching the Genome Generation curriculum regarding variation in the ACE gene.

This course is self-paced and takes 10-12 hours to complete. The modular format allows you to participate at your own schedule.  This course offers a certificate or badge of completion. In order to claim a certificate or badge for this course, you must complete the required assignments.

The following topics will be discussed:
  • molecular genetics laboratory techniques used to genotype human DNA;
  • bioinformatics tools used to obtain information about genes, genomes and human genetic diseases;
  • discussion of the ethics of genetics research and genetic testing.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  1. Perform modern laboratory techniques and properly use laboratory equipment
  2. Interpret DNA gels to infer genotypes for the ACE gene
  3. Navigate common bioinformatic databases
  4. Teach the ethical concerns surrounding personalized medicine, including informed consent.

Target Audience

This course is designed for high school life sciences teachers. While the vast majority of teachers use this curriculum in an introductory biology class, the course may also be of interest to those teaching elective courses biotechnology, genetics, or allied health. The course and curriculum include laboratory experiments such as DNA extraction, polymerase chain reaction, and gel electrophoresis. Because hands-on training in these laboratory techniques is not possible through an online professional development course, some prior experience with these laboratory techniques will be beneficial.

About our Education Offerings

Founded in 1929, The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution with more than 2,300 employees who are passionate about our mission: to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and to empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.

While we are not an accredited higher education institution, we offer a variety of education programs — including The Teaching the Genome Generation Professional Development Program — designed to educate high school teachers.

Hardware and Software Requirements

  • Audio speakers or headphones
  • Screen resolution of 800X600 or higher
  • Adobe Reader 5.0 or higher
  • JavaScript enabled
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 2GHz processor

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Should you have questions regarding the content of the course please email, or if you need technical support, email Online and Digital Education at The Jackson Laboratory.


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