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Designer Genes

Division: Div C – High School

NC Essential Standards Alignment: Biology

Event Rules: See the National rule manual

Event Score Sheet: None

National Event Page: Here

Required Materials:Writing instrument



This event is typically done as a sit-down test.  It is also possible to be done in stations, though this is not likely.  Teams will be presented with articles, reports, data, charts/graphs, pictures or diagrams and/or written descriptions of problems. Teams will then be asked to answer questions, define or compare terms, and otherwise interpret the information they are given. Teams may also be asked to draw conclusions and propose preventive measures. Participants will solve problems and analyze data or diagrams using their knowledge of the basic principles of genetics, molecular genetics, and biotechnology.


Each team may bring one 8.5” x 11” sheet of paper that may contain information on both sides in any form and from any source along with two stand-alone non-programmable, non-graphing calculators.


High score wins. Points are given based on a scoring rubric that takes into account the difficulty level of questions, accuracy and quality of answers, and use of proper scientific methods.

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Event Resources:

Designer Genes 2018 Coaches Clinic Presentation (2019 Rules)
2021 Designer Genes Regional Test 
2021 Designer Genes Regional Test Answers

Sample Events: