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Evolution connection: DNA replication


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This short slide set explains the fidelity of DNA replication in evolutionary terms. Save the slide set to your computer to view the explanation and notes that go along with each slide.

UC Museum of Paleontology

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5 minutes

Teaching tips:
Use this resource to relate evolutionary concepts to the topic of DNA replication (or get more suggestions for incorporating evolution throughout your biology syllabus). Use this slide set immediately after you’ve discussed DNA replication. Alternatively, you may wish to incorporate this material after you’ve covered the topic of mutation.

Correspondence to the Next Generation Science Standards is indicated in parentheses after each relevant concept. See our conceptual framework for details.

  • Evolution is still continuing today.

  • Rates of evolution vary.

  • Evolution results from natural selection acting upon genetic variation within a population.

  • Natural selection and genetic drift act on the variation that exists in a population.

  • Mutation is a random process.

  • As with other scientific disciplines, evolutionary biology has applications that factor into everyday life, for example in agriculture, biodiversity and conservation biology, and medicine and health.

  • Evolutionary trees (i.e., phylogenies or cladograms) portray hypotheses about evolutionary relationships.

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