Genetic variation and its control

Genetic variation and its control
Publication Date: October, 2012
Type of Resource: Interactive/Simulation

This BBC Bitesize resource is an educational resource with two parts:

  1. Why organisms are different: This part explains how information is passed from parents to offspring and how variation occurs, and concludes with a quiz.
  2. Reproduction: This part explains sexual and asexual reproduction, cloning and genetic engineering in simple terms and includes an animation to show how bacteria can be used to produce insulin. It also has an activity on reproduction and cloning as well as a link to a BBC news item on GM crops and an associated quiz.


Additional Information

The information is concise and is a good introduction for students. The students can also do a quiz at the end to test their understanding.

The Reproduction and Cloning interactive (activity) explains asexual and sexual reproduction, and the cloning of plants and animals very simply with information/animations and questions. It also provides feedback on student's answers.

BBC Bitesize is a educational resource produced by the BBC to support the UK curriculum. It provides online resources (content summaries, interactives, games, videos, podcasts, quizzes) for all levels of schooling.

This page hasn’t been updated for a while and has been left online for reference purposes.

Australian Curriculum:
  • Year 10 > Science Understanding > Biological Sciences > The transmission of heritable characteristics from one generation to the next... > ACSSU184
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