Genetic Syndrome/Disorder Project

Mrs. Bofinger's Biology Classes

Due Date: On or before March 1, 2013

Your Task

  1. Research a specific Genetic Syndrome or Genetic Disorder.
  2. Create a smore flyer (like this one), a powerpoint presentation OR write a paper using your research.
  3. Present your information to the class in a 3-5 minute presentation.


Research Information About Your Syndrome/Disorder

  1. Describe the syndrome/disorder, give a general summary.
  2. What is the genetic cause? Is it sex-linked, inherited, or from a mutation? Can it be passed to offspring?
  3. What testing is done to provide a diagnosis?
  4. What are the symptoms? Are they life-threatening? How are they controlled? Medicines, therapy, surgery?
  5. What is the impact on the person's life? Is life expectancy impacted? How does it impact the family affected?
  6. Are their any support groups or foundations that can help?

Show off your Research (Pick One Option)

With a Smore Flyer...
  • Create an account & create a flyer for your syndrome/disorder.
  • Be creative! Change the colors and fonts to make your flyer look good!!!
  • Have at least 4 text areas to provide the required information from above.
  • Add at least 3 pictures to highlight your research.
  • Provide a section with web-links to your sources.
  • Include a multimedia section with a Youtube video, slide-show, or song.
  • Email the link to your flyer to

With a PowerPoint presentation...

  • Have a minimum of 10 slides.
  • Write in bullet points rather than paragraphs to provide all required information from above.
  • Include at least 8 pictures to highlight your research.
  • Provide a slide with a list of sources used in your research.
  • Be Creative! Use an interesting theme, different colors and fonts.
  • Email your PowerPoint file to

With a Research Paper...

  • Have an introduction paragraph, at least 4 body paragraphs and a conclusion.
  • Write to inform, with correct grammar and spelling.
  • Provide a list of sources at the end of your paper.
  • Use 1 inch margins, calibri or arial size 11 font, and 1.5 line spacing.
  • Print your paper and hand it in to Mrs. Bofinger

Other General Guidelines

For All Projects...

  • You must have at least 3 sources!
  • Don't forget to include your name! Seriously, people forget this all the time.
  • Use correct grammar, punctuation and spelling.
  • Make sure your information is accurate, check the validity of your sources.
  • Do not copy and paste information. Re-write information into your own words.
  • Re-read your writing to ensure that it makes sense.
  • Look through the rubric to understand how you will be graded.
  • Become an expert on your disease/disorder, you will be teaching the class!
  • You will lose 10 points per day if your project is late. Don't procrastinate!

Presentation Information

  1. You will give a 3-5 minute presentation on your genetic syndrome/disorder.
  2. Remember to speak clearly and project your voice.
  3. Maintain eye contact with your audience.
  4. Keep your presentation interesting! Don't just read your research, that is boring! Summarize and give the key points.
  5. Remember that you are the expert, what do you think your classmates want to know? Tell them!
  6. You must have a visual aid (your Smore flyer or PowerPoint could work, but you can't just read it to the class....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz). If you write a paper you may have pictures to show, you can email a file to me so I can project it for you!
  7. Be prepared for questions at the end of your presentation.
  8. You will be respectful of other students while they are presenting, or you will lose points!


1. Research topic due by Friday, February 15. (First come, first served, so claim your topic early!)

2. Research Project due by Friday, March 1.

3. Presentations begin: Monday, March 4 (random order, be ready!)

Rubric Information

Visit my website to view or download the rubrics for the research project and presentation.

Possible Research Topics

  1. DiGeorge Syndrome, also known as DiGeorge Anomaly - Eddie M., Tatiana O.
  2. Angelman Syndrome - Max L., Victoria A
  3. Canavan Disease - Angela J, Julia H
  4. Cri-du-chat - Josh C., Tyler H.
  5. Cystic Fibrosis - Briona S., Victor P.
  6. Down Syndrome - Nick M., Amanda W.
  7. Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy - Zack N., Danielle M.
  8. Hemophelia - Megan B., Ben B.
  9. Kleinfelter Syndrome -
  10. Neurofibromatosis - Roman M., Joel S.
  11. Prader-Willi Syndrome -Tatyana S., Morgan T.
  12. Sickle Cell Disease - Christian G., Daniel S.
  13. Tay-Sachs Disease - Emily S. Brandon W.
  14. Turner Syndrome - Emily D.
  15. Benjamin Syndrome - Cori D.
  16. Rett Syndrome - Carlos R.
  17. Gaucher Disease - Joey M.
  18. Achondroplasia - Austin G., Tommy H.
  19. Ellis-van Creveld Syndrome
  20. Marfan Syndrome - Hope M., Owen R.
  21. Coffin-Lowry Syndrome
  22. Anencephaly - Presley S.
  23. Spina bifida - Joel T., Julia C.
  24. Krabbe Disease - Payton L.
  25. Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  26. Fabry Disease - Josh S.
  27. Freidreich's ataxia - Lucas R.
  28. Martin-Bell Syndrome - Phillip M.
  29. McCune-Albright Syndrome - Josiah G., Victoria S.
  30. Niemann-Pick Disease - Brett K.

31. Albanism - Christina M., Josh P.

32. Huntingtons Disease - Hailey L., Sarah T.

33. Parkinsons Disease - Josh L.

See Mrs. Bofinger if you have another disease/disorder you would like to research that is not on this list!

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