Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-8-2022

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis

Department

Biology

First Advisor

Sarah Liljegren

Second Advisor

Robert Doctor

Third Advisor

Mika Jekabsons

Relational Format

Dissertation/Thesis

Abstract

Because of the increasing importance of precision medicine, it is vital that future healthcare providers master concepts related to genetic variation taught during their undergraduate classes. However, studies have shown that physicians often lack an adequate understanding of genetics, which serves as a hindrance to effectively caring for their patients. To address this issue, we created a collaborative active-learning protocol to improve pre-health students' comprehension of key concepts such as genetic relatedness and the source of genetic variation between siblings. Our worksheet guides students to compare the genetic profiles of two canine siblings using the Embark DNA genotyping platform. Embark direct-to-consumer tests provide curated genetic information about an individual dog’s health conditions, traits, breed composition and DNA relatives. The target audience for our worksheet is an advanced genetics course at the University of Mississippi.

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