Non-Vertebrate Model Organisms in Genetic Research - Quiz & Worksheet


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Which of the following processes would be BEST to study with yeast?

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1. Which BEST describes a model organism?

2. Why are nematode worms a good model organism for studying cells?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Genetic research is performed in non-human organisms for a variety of reasons, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help test your understanding of how and why non-vertebrate model organisms are used. Some concepts you'll be assessed on are common types of non-vertebrate organisms used for research, as well as what types of processes they are used to study.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this assessment, you'll be tested on:

  • Characteristics of specific model organisms, such as yeast
  • Reasons why specific organisms are used for specific research, such as muscle development
  • Scientific discoveries that have been made in model organisms

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as model organism and non-vertebrate
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding genetic research
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast why a nematode worm would be used for a research study instead of yeast
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of why non-human organisms are used for research

Additional Learning

Read the accompanying lesson called Non-Vertebrate Model Organisms in Genetic Research for more information. This lesson covers the following concepts:

  • Why yeast, worms and flies make good model organisms
  • The difference between a vertebrate and non-vertebrate organism
  • Why cost, generation time and ease of manipulation are factors to consider when choosing a model organism
  • What it means when an organism has its genome sequenced, and why this is important to genetic research