Stage 6: Heredity and Genetic Change

Stage 6: Heredity and Genetic Change

Overview

In this workshop students will explore how biodiversity is achieved through reproduction and heredity. Using a range of Australian animals as case studies, students will investigate a variety of reproductive methods and the influence of environmental factors on reproductive success and inheritance patterns. 

What's involved

This workshop will be delivered in the Taronga Institute of Science & Learning Seminar Rooms at Taronga Zoo Sydney and is also available at Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo. See below for further information.

At the Zoo

Taronga Zoo SydneyTaronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo
Students will learn how Taronga’s use of contemporary genetic research and reproductive technologies are helping ensure the conservation of many iconic species.

Using a range of Australian animals as case studies, students will investigate a variety of reproductive methods and the influence of environmental factors on reproductive success and inheritance patterns.

This workshop also has a related self-guided resource, Dating with DNA, which can be combined with this workshop or experienced on its own.

Outcomes

Stage 6

  • BIO12-12 explains the structures of DNA and analyses the mechanisms of inheritance and how processes of reproduction ensure continuity of species
  • BIO12-13 explains natural genetic change and the use of genetic technologies to induce genetic change