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  • How Do Fibers Form?

    How Do Fibers Form?

    Activity

    A hands-on activity in which students construct models of sickle-cell hemoglobin fibers inside red blood cells to illustrate how changes in the structure of a protein can affect cell shape. Students are then asked to relate these changes to disease symptoms. Also available in Spanish.

  • Film Guides: Natural Selection in Humans

    Film Guides: Natural Selection in Humans

    Film Guide

    The following classroom-ready resources complement The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection in Humans, which describes the connection between malaria and sickle cell anemia—one of the best-understood examples of natural selection in humans. Also available in Spanish.

  • The Molecular Evolution of Gene Birth and Death

    The Molecular Evolution of Gene Birth and Death

    Activity

    An advanced lesson that describes the role of mutations in the birth and death of genes. It includes background information, examples, video clips, and animations.

  • Film Guides: The Birth and Death of Genes

    Film Guides: The Birth and Death of Genes

    Film Guide

    The following classroom-ready resources complement The Making of the Fittest: The Birth and Death of Genes, which describes how scientists have pieced together the evolutionary history of the Antarctic icefish. The icefish makes an excellent case study for genetic evolution as both the gain and loss of genes have led to key adaptations.

  • Molecular Genetics of Color Mutations in Rock Pocket Mice

    Molecular Genetics of Color Mutations in Rock Pocket Mice

    Activity

    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. Also available in Spanish.

  • Genetics of Bitter Taste Perception

    Genetics of Bitter Taste Perception

    Lecture

    (50 min 39 sec) How humans perceive bitter taste, and the evolution of taste perception.

  • Genetics of Human Origins and Adaptation

    Genetics of Human Origins and Adaptation

    Lecture

    (58 min 31 sec) Genetic evidence shows that humans evolved in Africa and continue to evolve.

  • Bones, Stones, and Genes: The Origin of Modern Humans

    Bones, Stones, and Genes: The Origin of Modern Humans

    Lecture

    Where and when did humans arise? What distinguishes us from other species? Did our distant ancestors look and behave like us?

  • Natural Selection of Lactose Tolerance

    Natural Selection of Lactose Tolerance

    Animation

    (46 sec) Environmental and cultural factors can affect whether a new human mutation becomes common in a population.

  • Regulation of Eukaryotic DNA Transcription

    Regulation of Eukaryotic DNA Transcription

    Animation

    (2 min 5 sec) General transcription factors, activators, and repressors interact to regulate the transcription of eukaryotic DNA into RNA.

  • Virochip DNA Microarray

    Virochip DNA Microarray

    Click & Learn

    Answer interactive questions to explore the logic of the Virochip microarray design, particularly how evolutionary relationships can be used to detect new viruses.

  • DNA Sequence Assembly

    DNA Sequence Assembly

    Click & Learn

    Learn the principles of how DNA is sequenced and assembled into whole genomes using the Sanger method, shotgun sequencing, or ultra-deep sequencing.

  • Solving SARS and Other Viral Mysteries

    Solving SARS and Other Viral Mysteries

    Lecture

    (58 min 33 sec) The SARS epidemic was successfully halted by a global research effort to identify a new virus.

  • The Virus Hunter's Toolkit

    The Virus Hunter's Toolkit

    Lecture

    (58 min 33 sec) New technologies like the Virochip harness DNA's properties to identify and fight new viruses.

  • Viral Outbreak: The Science of Emerging Disease

    Viral Outbreak: The Science of Emerging Disease

    Lecture

    Watch two leading virus researchers explain how they use both simple and sophisticated technologies to detect and fight infectious agents.

  • Leading-Edge Bioinformatics

    Leading-Edge Bioinformatics

    Clip

    (6 min 36 sec) Peter Skewes-Cox, and Dr. Graham Ruby, both in the DeRisi lab, explain state-of-the-art DNA sequencing and bioinformatic technologies.

  • The Central Dogma Song

    The Central Dogma Song

    Clip

    (5 min 55 sec) “The Assemblers” (Peter Skewes-Cox and Dr. Graham Ruby) sing about DNA and proteins.

  • Dengue Virus Life Cycle

    Dengue Virus Life Cycle

    Animation

    (4 min 12 sec) Dengue virus has sophisticated mechanisms for entering a cell, for replicating its RNA genome, and for translating proteins.

  • The Chemical Structure of DNA

    The Chemical Structure of DNA

    Animation

    (2 min 44 sec) DNA's chemical properties can be harnessed for a variety of biotechnology applications.

  • Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)

    Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)

    Animation

    (54 sec) PCR is a standard laboratory technique that allows amplification of specific segments of DNA based on complementarity.

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