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  • Tracking Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

    Tracking Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

    Activities

    Genetically modified mosquitoes have been used to reduce mosquito populations and the diseases they spread. But how can we tell if the method works? In this activity, students analyze data from a field experiment.

  • Modeling Trophic Cascades

    Modeling Trophic Cascades

    Activities

    Students use cards of animal and plant species to model trophic cascades. Species examples are drawn from seven different habitats to test student understanding.

  • Patterns in the Distribution of Lactase Persistence

    Patterns in the Distribution of Lactase Persistence

    Activities

    Students explore the geographic distribution of lactase persistence around the world by analyzing real data collected by scientists.

  • Viral Lysis and Budding

    Viral Lysis and Budding

    Activities

    This activity outlines two demonstrations that model how enveloped and nonenveloped viruses are released from infected cells.

  • HIV Protease Inhibitors

    HIV Protease Inhibitors

    Activities

    This demonstration models how the HIV protease enzyme functions and how its activity is blocked by a class of anti-HIV drugs.

  • Viral DNA Integration

    Viral DNA Integration

    Activities

    In this hands-on activity, students model how a double-stranded DNA copy of the HIV genome is integrated into the host cell DNA.

  • HIV Reverse Transcription and AZT

    HIV Reverse Transcription and AZT

    Activities

    Students model how the anti-HIV drug AZT (azidothymidine) interferes with the process of viral replication.

  • HIV Receptors and Co-receptors

    HIV Receptors and Co-receptors

    Activities

    This demonstration models the first step of the HIV life cycle: the binding of HIV envelope proteins to receptors on human helper T cells.

  • DNA Profiling Activity

    DNA Profiling Activity

    Activities

    This multi-part lesson is designed to give students a firm understanding of genetic profiling using short tandem repeats (STRs), which is a process used by forensics labs around the world. 

  • How Animals Use Sound to Communicate

    How Animals Use Sound to Communicate

    Click & Learn

    Using elephants, finches, bats, and moths, as case studies, explore different aspects of how animals use sound to communicate.

  • Exploring Trophic Cascades

    Exploring Trophic Cascades

    Click & Learn

    This interactive explores examples of what can happen when there are changes in the population size of one species in an ecosystem. How are species at other trophic levels affected? How does the ecosystem change?

  • Virus Explorer

    Virus Explorer

    Click & Learn

    Explore the similarities and differences of a variety of viruses by sorting them based on structure, genomic make-up, host range, transmission mechanism, and vaccine availability.

  • CSI Wildlife

    CSI Wildlife

    Click & Learn

    In this interactive, students use DNA profiling, or fingerprinting, to solve two cases of elephant poaching. In the process they will learn about genetic markers, PCR, gel electrophoresis, allele frequencies, and population genetics.

  • Survey Methods

    Survey Methods

    Click & Learn

    In this interactive, students explore the methods scientists use to survey elephants and learn about the current state of the elephant population in Africa.

  • Niche Partitioning Activity

    Niche Partitioning Activity

    Activities

    Students are introduced to real-world examples of niche partitioning and cutting-edge technology used to give unprecedented insights into the feeding habits of wild animals.

  • Stickleback Film with Quiz

    Stickleback Film with Quiz

    Interactive Videos

    (15 min 27 sec) Embedded quiz modules test students’ understanding as they watch a short film that explains how stickleback fish let scientists study evolution in action, identify key genes, and peer deep into the evolutionary past.

  • Ocean Acidification

    Ocean Acidification

    Activities

    In this hands-on activity, students simulate the effects of decreasing pH caused by rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

  • Lactase Film with Quiz

    Lactase Film with Quiz

    Interactive Videos

    (14 min 52 sec) Embedded quiz modules test students’ understanding as they watch a short film that explores the evolution of the ability to digest lactose as adults (lactose tolerance) and the genetic changes associated with the trait.

  • The Teosinte Hypothesis

    The Teosinte Hypothesis

    Activities

    In this lesson, students work through the mathematics and concepts behind George Beadle’s claim that teosinte is the wild ancestor of maize. Also available in Spanish.

  • Origin of Birds With Quiz

    Origin of Birds With Quiz

    Interactive Videos

    (18 min 59 sec) Embedded quiz modules test students’ understanding as they watch a short film about the evidence that showed birds descended from dinosaurs.

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