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Precision Medicine

Macromodel of Microarray

A pizza box and ping-pong ball model that demonstrates the principles of microarray technology.

Learning Objectives
  • Students will learn that DNA molecules in a solution can be separated and identified using microarray technology.
  • Students will observe how microarray analysis allows scientists to test which genes are on or off in different tissue samples (optional).
Macromodel of Microarray Print-and-Go

SNP Analysis and Pharmacogenetics

Students learn about single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and how they can be used to match patients with appropriate medications.

Learning Objectives
  • Students will learn about a key Pharmacogenetic approach to tailoring prescription medication to an individual’s genotype.
  • Students will learn that single nucleotide substitutions in DNA sequences are known as Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs).
  • Students will locate SNPs in genetic sequences.
  • Students will learn that people with the same SNPs in a particular region of DNA are grouped into haplotypes.
  • Students will group DNA sequences into haplotypes based on the SNPs those sequences contain.
  • Students will learn that people with different haplotypes may have a different response to the same medication.
SNP Analysis and Pharmacogenetics Print-and Go


The Precision Medicine module was funded by the Program in Personalized Health at the University of Utah.