The evolutionary biologist Jim Bull gives his perspective on how evolution matters to society today: from producing polio vaccines to solving tabloid-style crimes.
This article appears at ActionBioscience.org.
This article is rather technical, but it is also a good introduction to some interesting applications of evolutionary theory. This might be a good resource for AP biology students, who already have a basic understanding of the mechanisms of evolution.
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- Scientists test their ideas using multiple lines of evidence. (P6, NOS2)
- Scientific knowledge is open to question and revision as we come up with new ideas and discover new evidence. (P4, P6, NOS3)
- Scientists use multiple research methods (experiments, observational research, comparative research, and modeling) to collect data. (P2, P3, P4, NOS1)
- As with other scientific disciplines, evolutionary biology has applications that factor into everyday life.