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2. Sponsor’s Spot: Debt Solutions Designed for Women
3. Weekly Topic: DNA
4. What Did We Miss? Submit Site or Link To Us
5. Note from a Reader
6. Related Games
7. Quote of the Week
8. Classified Ads
9. Subscription Management
#1. April 4, 2007
Hag Sameach to my Jewish readers. My daughter thought this year’s seder was the longest ever! It was also the first in nineteen years without my son in attendance. But I know he was well taken care of at the home of friend who lives near his college.
Amidst the all the holiday prep, my www.SharingLinks.com site was opened to a limited group of beta-testers, and the feedback has been awesome! I’m really looking forward to seeing the community develop (and to getting all the kinks worked out.)
If you want to see some of the early comments (and to learn how you can join the test group) you can read more here:
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"
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DNA Printable (** for premium members only)
DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is a long, spiraling molecule that carries the genetic codes that enable cells to reproduce. Although DNA was first isolated by Friedrich Miescher in 1869, it’s double helix structure wasn’t discovered until 1953 by James Watson and Francis Crick. For their groundbreaking work, Watson and Crick shared the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine with Maurice Wilkins.
DNA Interactive is my pick-of-the-day, a great site to explore the exciting history of DNA science. Visit to examine the Timeline of DNA discovery, jump into the Code for a more in-depth lesson, or click on Manipulation to learn about the tools developed to work with DNA strands. With free registration, teachers can pick up lesson plans and worksheets. My favorite clicks are the PDF templates for making an origami DNA model in either color or black and white.
Learn.Genetics is an genetics education outreach program from the University of Utah. In addition to their jargon-free resources for students, they have printable classroom guides for teachers. Don’t miss the interactive Build a DNA Molecule activity, the DNA Extraction Virtual Lab, and my personal favorite: How to Extract DNA From Anything Living. Using a blender, detergent, meat tenderizer, alcohol and a source of DNA such as peas or chicken livers, you can isolate long, stringy DNA molecules in a test tube. How cool is that?
Nobel Prize: Crack the Code
Crack the Code (from the website of the Nobel Prize in Medicine) presents an overview of DNA, RNA, and amino acids, and includes two online games. In the Double Helix game, your challenge is to “make exact copies of a DNA molecule from three random organisms and find out which organisms they are.” The Genetic Code game is a five-in-a-row game with a twist: you must identify a codon to place your marker. To help you find the correct amino acid, you will need the Book of Life, which you can either buy with points, or by completing an online experiment.
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#5. Note from a Reader
“there are more good people in the world then u think but good to hear a story like yours to be reminded of that. glad everything worked out and only the car was hurt.”
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#6. Related Games
DNA Word Search
Printable DNA Word Search
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#7.Quote of the Week
“If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it from him.” ~~ Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790 ) American statesman, philospher and scientist
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