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Bitterness and Non-Bitterness in Cucumbers: A Story of Mutation (Teacher Edition)

by: Elizabeth Rice, Marianne Krasny, and Margaret E. Smith

In this chapter, students explore the history of the bitter gene in cucumbers, which was found in a genebank and traded internationally between cucumber breeders. The students then explore transcription, translation, and the DNA basis for different types of mutations. This activity uses one of the modern tools of genomics—sequences from the GenBank public database—to explore mutation of cucumber genes.


High School


Type Book ChapterPub Date 1/1/2006Stock # PB199XT_2

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