Your Diet and Your DNA
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About Your Diet and Your DNA Virtual Lab Simulation
Everything you eat will impact your DNA. In this simulation, you will learn about the connection between nutrients in your diet and the stability of your DNA.
Food composition and digestion
Join two young school girls and discover how their contrasting food choices impact them. You will review their food choices by looking at the nutrients’ 3D structures and compositions. Next, you will dive deeper into the human digestive system. Through detailed 3D animations, you’ll get the opportunity to travel through the gut with the bacteria and see how nutrients are absorbed in the human body.
You will perform two experiments to uncover how nutrients impact the DNA structure. In these experiments, you will compare samples taken from people with healthy and unhealthy diets. In the first experiment, you will measure the DNA telomere length. In the second experiment, you will measure the DNA adduct level from colon samples.
Plan a healthy meal
Finally, you will use your acquired knowledge to plan a healthy meal for Mia, who is a school athlete. You can choose from a range of different food options to build your meal plan. Will you be able to help Mia get her energy back?
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Techniques in Lab
- Flow cytometry
- Histology slide preparation
- Diet planning
At the end of this simulation, you will be able to…
- Describe nutrient compositions of healthy and unhealthy diets
- Explain how genomic instability may lead to the development of diseases such as cancer
- Summarize the impact of diet on genomic stability
Examples of Related Standards
Life Sciences related 1st year onwards
No direct alignment
7.2 Transcription and gene expression
No direct alignment
Screenshots of Your Diet and Your DNA Virtual Lab Simulation
Dr. Caroline BullFood and Nutrition scientist CSIRO Health and Biosecurity
Dr. Michael ConlonFood and Nutrition scientist CSIRO Health and Biosecurity
CSIRO Education and Outreach
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