Exploring Precision Medicine (Lab-based)

ABE’s 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 influences individuals’ abilities to taste the bitter compound “PTC,” then compare these tiny differences to those responsible for variations in medication metabolism.

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 ABEinfo@edc.org with your name, school/organization, and location to obtain the password.) 

Class sessions


Resources (link)
Resource Type
Appropriate Ages
Upper Secondary
Resource Topic
Lab Techniques
Gel Electrophoresis
Restriction Enzyme
Precision Medicine