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  • Understanding Variation in Human Skin Color

    Understanding Variation in Human Skin Color

    Lessons

    In this activity, students extend the concepts covered in the short film The Biology of Skin Color through the application of models and mathematical thinking to explain how genomic variation and human ancestry can explain differences in skin color, a polygenic trait.

  • Zebrafish and Skin Color

    Zebrafish and Skin Color

    Lessons

    This activity students explore how experimental work in zebrafish led to a better understanding of the role of the gene SLC24A5 in human skin color. The activity complements the film The Biology of Skin Color.

  • Interactive Assessment for The Biology of Skin Color

    Interactive Assessment for The Biology of Skin Color

    Interactive Videos

    (18 min 58 sec) A number of interactive questions are embedded within the short film The Biology of Skin Color, which explores the hypothesis that the variations in skin color in humans arose as adaptations to the intensity of ultraviolet radiation in different parts of the world.

  • Activity for The Biology of Skin Color

    Activity for The Biology of Skin Color

    Film Activities

    This activity explores the evidence that differences in human skin color are adaptations to varying intensity of UV light, as discussed in the short film The Biology of Skin Color.

  • The Biology of Skin Color

    The Biology of Skin Color

    Short Films

    (18 min 58 sec) This film explores the hypothesis that different tones of skin color in humans arose as adaptations to the intensity of ultraviolet radiation in different parts of the world.

  • Regulation of the Lactase Gene

    Regulation of the Lactase Gene

    Click & Learn

    This interactive module explores how the process of eukaryotic gene expression is regulated, using the production of the enzyme lactase as an example.  

  • Molecular Genetics of Color Mutations in Rock Pocket Mice

    Molecular Genetics of Color Mutations in Rock Pocket Mice

    Lessons

    In these activities, students transcribe and translate portions of the rock pocket mouse Mc1r gene to further explore the genetic variations responsible for different coat colors as described in the short film Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection and Adaptation.