- DNA to Darwin
- Classroom activity
Time: 1-2 hours
In this case study, students investigate the origin and action of mutations that are thought to have arisen in human populations in response to selection pressure from malaria.
- [Evidence of evolution: Grades 13-16] There is a fit between organisms and their environments, though not always a perfect fit.
- [Mechanisms of evolution: Grades 13-16] Evolution results from natural selection acting upon genetic variation within a population.
- [Mechanisms of evolution: Grades 13-16] Depending on environmental conditions, inherited characteristics may be advantageous, neutral, or detrimental.
- [Mechanisms of evolution: Grades 13-16] Natural selection sometimes favors heterozygotes over homozygotes at a locus.
- [Nature of science: Grades 13-16] A hallmark of science is exposing ideas to testing.
- [Nature of science: Grades 13-16] Scientists use multiple research methods (experiments, observational research, comparative research, and modeling) to collect data.
- [Nature of science: Grades 13-16] Scientists can test ideas about events and processes long past, very distant, and not directly observable.
There are no NGSS/DCI concepts currently linked to this resource.
Use this resource to relate evolutionary concepts to the topics of transcription and translation (or get more suggestions for incorporating evolution throughout your biology syllabus).