Genetic Counselor for a Day

Students in Cathryn Maga’s Honors Biology Class were genetic counselors for a day! The 9th and 10th grade students have been learning about genetics for the past five weeks. To wrap up the unit, Maga asked members of the CJ community to partake in a real-world simulation.

“This was a culmination activity where students were presented with a patient (parents and faculty)," Maga said. "As genetic counselors, they advised patients on what their chances were of inheriting or passing on the disorder based on family backgrounds given."

Terminology such as“hetero-” and “homo- zygote” floated around the class as students discussed implications of genetic diseases with faculty and fellow students. The simulation allowed students to recall course material in a real-world simulation, since many diseases, such as Cystic Fibrosis or Down Syndrome, are influenced by the genetics parents pass on to their children.

"Students were able to demonstrate their knowledge on everything they have worked on within the unit while connecting it to real life," Maga said.