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Difference Between Genes & Traits

Can you curl your tongue? Are your earlobes attached to your face? Do you have a curved pinky on your left hand, just like your uncle?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you can thank your genes. Genes are the building blocks inside our bodies that show themselves as traits outside of our bodies. Many traits, like your physical appearance, are inherited from your parents – who inherited them from their parents – through your genes. And often it’s not just one gene that does the job; most traits are caused by a set of genes, and some genes can determine several different traits.

For this contest, you will create a video no longer than 2 minutes that explains the difference between and gene and a trait. Here’s what you’ll do:

  • Pick a single human trait and show different ways the trait can look on people. So, if you choose red hair as a trait, show us a few examples of folks with red hair!
  • Use that single trait to give us the definition of a gene and the definition of a trait. Make sure we understand the difference.
  • Make it clear that multiple genes can contribute to the emergence of a single trait.

So, wait, what are genes?

  • Genes are chemical sequences that carry the information that determines your traits.
  • Each gene controls the production of a specific protein, which in turn affects the traits of the individual. Multiple genes can contribute to determining a single trait.(e.g., human skin color results from the actions of proteins that control the production of the pigment melanin).

Examples of Genes

  • Gene OCA2 provides instructions for making proteins that determine eye color.
  • Gene MC1R plays a role in regulating pigment in skin and hair.
  • Gene APOE provides instructions for making a protein that determines how well your body metabolizes cholesterol.

Then what are traits?

  • Genes show themselves through traits — the way an organism appears or acts.
  • Traits can be determined by genes, the environment, and other factors, like choice.
  • Most traits are influenced by both genetics and the environment, such as how quickly you can run 50 meters or how long it takes you to solve an algebraic equation.
  • Certain traits are determined only by genes, like the color of your eyes or the size of your feet. But other traits, like a hairstyle or pierced ears, are completely independent of your genes. Finally, something YOU get to decide!

Examples of traits

  • Brown eyes
  • Skin that burns easily in the sun
  • Long or short fingers
  • Fast metabolism

Submission Criteria:

In a video no longer than 2 minutes you must:

  • Pick a single human trait and show different ways the trait can look on people.
  • Use that single trait to give us the definition of a gene and the definition of a trait. Make sure we understand the difference.
  • Make it clear that multiple genes can contribute to the emergence of a single trait.

Key Dates:

  • December 2, 2013 – Contest submissions open
  • January 20, 2014 – Contest closes at 11:59 p.m. ET
  • February 17, 2014 – Winners announced on the Project ED website

Finalist and Winner Judging Criteria:

Videos will be evaluated based on the following criteria, weighed equally:

  • Educational merit and accuracy:Your video achieves the educational goals presented in the contest brief and viewers learn intended material from your video.
  • Creativity and engagement:Your video presents educational content in a memorable way. Viewers are compelled to watch the video to completion. Your video conveys its message in an artistic, creative, and innovative way.
  • Quality of video production:Your video has high resolution and audio quality, effectively employs visual aesthetics and cinematography, and demonstrates production skills.
  • Appropriate content:Your video does not contain indecent, obscene, hateful, defamatory, or offensive material.
  • In the event of a tie, the tie will be broken on the basis of the tied entrants’ scores in the “Educational merit and accuracy” criteria.

Prizes:

Prizes per contest vary. In most cases, a grand prize will be awarded to one video in the ‘Student’ category and one in the ‘Adult’ category. All entries are categorized by age of the submitter. Submitters under the age of 18 are placed into the ‘Student’ category and submitters 18 years or older are placed in the adult category. Finalist videos will also receive a prize. Rules for each contest explain how and when we will notify you and the date the prizes will be announced. Prizes are awarded at Amplify’s discretion and are subject to the applicable district and school policies. Prizes for teachers may be awarded via DonorChoose.org.

Official Requirements:

  • The video’s creator must be at least 13 years old.
  • Minors must obtain a parent’s or guardian’s consent to enter the contest.
  • Your video cannot last more than 2 minute.
  • You must use appropriate language and content.
  • You must properly clear and credit any source music, film clips, images, or locations you use.
  • You can only submit one entry per contest.
  • If you are employed by a school you must ensure your entry into this contest is in compliance with your institution’s policies.
  • Please carefully read the complete rules listed in the General Terms and Conditions.

http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov

http://themagicschoolbus.blogspot.com/2006/05/from-genes-to-traits-how-genotype.html

http://genetics.thetech.org/about-genetics/why-we-are-different

http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_body/health_basics/genes_genetic_disorders.html

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