Molecular Genetics of Color Mutations in Rock Pocket Mice

This is part of: The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection and Adaptation
Molecular Genetics of Color Mutations in Rock Pocket Mice

Summary

A lesson that requires students to transcribe and translate portions of the wild-type and mutant rock pocket mouse Mc1r genes and compare sequences to identify the locations and types of mutations responsible for the coat color variation described in the film.

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Curriculum Connections:

  • NGSS (2013) LS - 9
  • Common Core (2010) - 3
  • AP Biology (2012-2013) - 5
  • IB Biology (2009) - 8
NGSS (2013) LS
HS-LS1-1, HS-LS3-1, HS-LS3-2, HS-LS4-2, HS-LS4-4, HS-LS4-5, HS.LS1.A, HS.LS4.B, HS.LS4.C
Common Core (2010)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.7
AP Biology (2012-2013)
1.A.1, 1.A.2, 3.A.1, 3.C.1, 4.B.1
IB Biology (2009)
3.5, 4.1, 4.3, 5.4, 7.3, 7.4, D.2, G.1