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Hands-On Demo: Marvelous Mendelian Mutants

Sunday, June 14, 2015
12:00 AM
UM Museum of Natural History, 1109 Geddes Avenue, Ann Arbor MI 48109

Have you ever been curious about genes and inheritance? Gregor Mendel was. Over one hundred years ago, he studied pea plants to develop theories of inheritance that are still relevant today! Even simple characteristics, such as the number of petals on a flower, or the specific coloring of a leaf are determined by a plant's genetic code and may change due to mutation. Join us for an inquiry activity highlighting Mendelian inheritance and plant development. Afterwards, do a DNA extraction and learn about modern genetic research.


Hands-on demonstrations are 20-30 minute free interactive programs on the 2nd floor of the Museum. They include both brief presentations highlighting University research and engaging hands-on activities, and are suitable for adults and children ages 5 and up.