- DNA to Darwin
- Classroom activity
Time: 2 hours
In this case study, students compare the genomes of MRSA and its genetic cousin MSSA to locate DNA differences and mobile elements that could be expected to improve the bacterium's resistance to antibiotics and its ability to cause disease.
- [History of life: Grades 13-16] Evolution is still continuing today.
- [Evidence of evolution: Grades 13-16] Evolution can sometimes be directly observed.
- [Evidence of evolution: Grades 13-16] An organism's features reflect its evolutionary history.
- [Mechanisms of evolution: Grades 13-16] Evolution results from natural selection acting upon genetic variation within a population.
- [Studying evolution: Grades 13-16] 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.
There are no NGSS/DCI concepts currently linked to this resource.
The website where the case study is housed is mislabeled. There are MAC and PC versions of the adobe animation, but they are both labelled MAC. The second is for PCs.