Genetic Disorder Project Presentation


Genetic Disorders to PresentInternet resources to help in researchRubric for project
You have been challenged to incorporate your knowledge about cells, cell division, genetics, and DNA to research and present on a specific genetic disorder. You have already completed your basic study about the ideas of genetics and mutations. Now with the information that you have you are being asked to research a specific genetic disorder and give an oral presentation along with creating either a PowerPoint or poster to explain the genetic disorder.

Your multimedia presentation (powerpoint / poster) along with your oral presentation
should include the following points.

  • What is the name of the disorder and what is the history behind the disorder? Who discovered it or/and who have done research on the disease?
  • How is the disorder diagnosed? How does a person receive the disorder? Is it sex-linked? Is it a mutation? Is it due to heredity?
  • You will need to find out all of the signs and symptoms of the given disorder and share these with the class.
  • What types of treatment there are for the disorder?
  • Include a suggested list of readings and/or Internet sources that may be of interest to the class.
  • You are encouraged to share any other information that you feel is relevant that you feel is important for others to know about the genetic disorder.
List of possible Genetic Disorders to Present:
  • Achondroplasia (Dwarfism)
  • Albinism
  • Adrenal hyperplasia
  • Autism/ Asperger syndrome
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Down Syndrome (Trisomy 21)
  • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
  • Familial Dysautonomia
  • Gardner syndrome (intestinal polyposis)
  • Gaucher’s Disease
  • Hemophilia
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Jacobsen Syndrome
  • Klinefelters Syndrome
  • Klippel-Feil Syndrome
  • Leukodystrophy
  • Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS)
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Moebius Syndrome
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Progeria
  • Proteus Syndrome
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Rett’s Syndrome
  • Spinocerebellar Ataxia
  • Tay-Sachs Disease
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Turner Syndrome
List of internet resources that may be helpful to you in creating your presentation:

Yahoo – Genetic Disorders
Site explains several different disorders and contains links to all of the different types of genetic disorders.

Genetic & Rare Conditions Site
links to different types of disorders in alphabetical order.

What can our chromosomes tell us?
A site that talks about karyotyping of genotypes.

Genetic Disorder Library
To learn more about different genetic disorders, browse through the Genetic Disorder Library.

A Genetics Glossary
A basic genetic glossary.

Genetics Education Center
Seeks to help educate people about genetics.

The National Human Genome Research Institute
Explains about the human genome project.

Department of Energy – Human Genome Project Information
Provides a lot of information about the human genome project.

A Gene Map of the Human Genome
You can see the mapping of several different chromosomes found within the body.

Learning about the Human Genome Project and Genetics through the World Wide Web
Looks at the ethical issues of genetic research.

Understanding Gene Testing
This site talks of how genes are linked to disease and how a gene creates a genetic disorder.

Basics of DNA Fingerprinting
Explains the basic understanding of DNA fingerprinting.

What is Genetic Testing?
Shows the basics of genetic testing and talks about the ethical issues of that happen due to genetic testing.


Rubric for Evaluation of Genetic Disorder Presentation.
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Oral Presentation Quality of Information
Bare minimums have been accomplished. Little understanding about the genetic disorder delivered in oral presentation. Could only read slides with no further understanding.Minimums plus slight extras added. Answered questions from the intro and at least one question posed to them in the process section.All information present and complete. Some problems with flow and delivery. Shows more or less some understanding of knowledge – has minor flaws.Information is well thought out, flows well, all information is completed, Appears to have been practiced, knowledge shown.

Amount of additional Information for reading and websites found and presented

no additional reading lists or websites provided or presented in bibliography.At least 2 web sites or books accessed and verified in presentation and presented in bibliography.At least 4 web sites or books accessed and verified in presentation and presented in bibliography.At least 6 web sites or books accessed and verified in presentation and presented in bibliography.
Organization of presentation
Random information is presentedDisorganized at times.OrganizedOrganized effectively with easy understanding.
Use of class time working on project
Majority of class time was wasted.Half of class time was wasted.Little class time was wasted.No class time was wasted.
Overall Multimedia
Not Completed
Missing Key Component Questions
no graphics.
Spelling errors present
presentation has some flow to it but is choppy.
Easily understood by all. Includes graphics and data tables of information retrieved.Neatly done, organized, proper spelling, allparts included,above and beyond effort.
Information that is presented is aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
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