Diet and the Evolution of Salivary Amylase

This is part of: The Making of the Fittest: Got Lactase? The Co-evolution of Genes and Culture
Diet and the Evolution of Salivary Amylase


Students explore the effects of different diets on the evolution of an enzyme that breaks down starch.

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Curriculum Connections:

  • NGSS (2013) LS - 12
  • Common Core (2010) - 14
  • AP Biology (2012-2013) - 8
  • IB Biology (2016) - 4
NGSS (2013) LS
HS-LS1-3, HS-LS3-1, HS-LS3-3, HS-LS4-2, HS-LS4-3, HS-LS4-4, HS-LS1.A, HS-LS.2A, HS-LS.3A, HS-LS.3B, HS-LS.4B, HS-LS.4C
Common Core (2010)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.11-12.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.11-12.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.11-12.8, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.6, CCSS.Math.Content.HSS-MP.2, CCSS.Math.Content.HSS-MP.3, CCSS.Math.Content.HSS-MP.4, CCSS.Math.Content.HSS-ID.A.1, CCSS.Math.Content.HSS-ID.A.2, CCSS.Math.Content.HSS-ID.A.4, CCSS.Math.Content.HSS-ID.B.6, CCSS.Math.Content.HSS-IC.A.1, CCSS.Math.Content.HSS-IC.B.4, CCSS.Math.Content.HSF-IF.C.7
AP Biology (2012-2013)
1.A.1, 1.A. 1.A.2, 1.A. 3.A.1, 1.A. 3.C.1, 1.A. 4.A.1, 1.A. 4.C.1, 1.A. SP1&ndash, 6
IB Biology (2016)
2.3, 2.7, 5.1, 5.2