Updated GENE-ius Team Workshop slides

Q: Hello, First time coach here, fumbling my way through. I am watching the GENE-ius workshop and when answering question re: using the Codon chart, 13:55 into the workshop video, there is question about a mutation in the gene sequence. The amino acid sequence is identified as “methionine, leucine, tryptophan, tryptophan, glutamic acid, glutamic acid, stop.” The way I am reading it, there is only one glutamic acid before the Stop. Could you please check that for me? I just want to make sure I am understanding it correctly and that I teach the kids correctly. I think there is an error in the answer given. If I am mistaken, then I apologize, and I will need some further clarification on how to read the sequence. Thank you!! 

A: Thank you for your comment.  You are correct.  The correct amino acid sequence resulting from the mutation is Met-Leu-Trp-Trp-Glu-Stop. I am unable to modify the video from last year but the corrected pdf of the PowerPoint used during the presentation has been posted here.

To Infinity and Beyond

Q.    The To Infinity and Beyond Study criteria has a separate section about the sun, but the study guide doesn’t have a “sun” section. Should we assume that the sun questions will be there, but we’ll need to do our own research/study on that topic?

A.   Yes, you will need to do some research on the Sun yourself. I didn’t get to that part of the study guide. The expectations are pretty modest for this part of it – mostly that it’s a large hot ball of gas, and that the gas glows because it’s hot, and that the energy that is lost as light is compensated by the energy that you get by fusing hydrogen into helium in its core.

Q.    Some of the objects the students are supposed to identify on the observational test appear to be (according to Stellarium) below the horizon or imperceptible to the naked eye (specifically: Aquila, Orion, and Cygnus, M51, M80, M44, and M101). Will there be a zoom function or will the horizon be turned off? I’m curious as to how this will be handled. Thanks!!
A.    The ones that are imperceptible to the naked eye – I point to where they are on the sky and ask what object is here (even though you can’t see it) and what constellation it is in, and the students need to answer that. M44 is visible to the naked eye in a good site, others aren’t.

****Your question about the horizon is an interesting one, and exposes a couple of mistakes (sorry!) and some subtleties.****
  • First, M80 and Altair are below the horizon (doh! sorry). They obviously will not be on the test. My apologies; I am updating the study guide.
  • Betelgeuse in Orion is above the horizon, even though the rest of Orion is below the horizon.
  • Cygnus is mostly above the horizon.