Your Diet and Your DNA

This simulation follows the food choices of two students and how they are impacting their performance and well being. Through laboratory work you will explore digestion and nutrition, and test for DNA damage. You will also review the nutritional content of different foods and drinks. This information will then be used to identify healthy and unhealthy diets and to see how nutrition can impact performance and DNA health during your lifespan. Will you be able to help Mia get her energy back?

To find out more information about the topics in the simulation, check out the theory screens on the LabPad.

Good luck and have fun!


The content of these theory pages has been developed based on the resources provided by:

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