Split your genes

Your genotype is the code that determines what your body looks like and how it works. Pathologists want to know about inherited diseases, such as sickle cell disease, cystic fibrosis, thalassemia and retinoblastoma, and how to test for these. The heel prick test carried out on newborn babies allows blood to be tested for diseases such as sickle cell anaemia and cystic fibrosis, as well as various inherited metabolic diseases.

Play this fun and active Twister®-style game to discover how traits are passed on from parents to offspring and how pathologists test genotypes to understand the chance of inheriting certain diseases.

Note you can request to borrow our Twister-style® mat by emailing us on publicengagement@rcpath.org.

Type of activity 

Interactive game and discussion

Target audiences 

School students aged 9 and over, families

Pathology link 

This activity focuses on clinical biochemistry and genomics.

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