Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-9-2020

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis



First Advisor

Sarah Liljegren

Relational Format



With advances in technology, personal genome sequencing has become more affordable than ever before. With this wealth of genetic information come new individualized approaches to medicine and pharmacology, along with moral, legal, and ethical issues to carefully consider. Yet studies suggest that most members of the general public do not have the genetic literacy required to understand the implications of genomic data. It is important that today’s students are able to grasp concepts relating to their own genome to make informed medical decisions in the future. Here I describe an active learning-based activity designed to enhance high school students’ understanding of genetic concepts. This activity is centered around online exploration of canine genomic data using Embark, a direct-to-consumer genetic testing company associated with the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Progress developing a study protocol to test the effectiveness of this activity in a Lafayette county high school classroom is discussed.

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