Curriculum & Resources

Exploring Precision Medicine (Lab-based)

The Exploring Precision Medicine module explores the connections between genes and traits. Students learn how slight genetic differences can impact how well a patient responds to certain medications and explore how future physicians may use DNA sequencing to inform clinical decision-making. Students examine how variations in a gene influence individuals’ abilities to taste the bitter compound “PTC” and then compare these tiny differences to those responsible for variations in drug metabolism. 

Review the Exploring Precision Medicine sequence poster, which you can enlarge and download here.

EPM Sequence Poster Thumbnail

If you do not have easy access to laboratory equipment, check out our classroom-based version

(The Teacher Guide and Student Science Notes Answer Key require a password. Please contact with your name, school/organization, and location to obtain the password.) 

Class sessions


Resources (link)
Resource Type
Appropriate Ages
Upper Secondary
Resource Topic
Biotech & Medicine
Human Disease
Precision Medicine
Race & Genetics
Data Science
Lab Techniques
Gel Electrophoresis
Gene Sequencing
Restriction Enzyme