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  • Understanding Variation

    Understanding Variation

    Lessons

    This lesson complements the film The Biology of Skin Color and discusses variation in human skin color and polygenic inheritance. Also available in Spanish.

  • How Did Dinosaurs Regulate Their Body Temperature?

    How Did Dinosaurs Regulate Their Body Temperature?

    Lessons

    This activity uses data from a 2014 scientific paper to explore thermoregulation in living and extinct animals, including dinosaurs. 

  • Pedigrees and the Inheritance of Lactose Intolerance

    Pedigrees and the Inheritance of Lactose Intolerance

    Lessons

    Students explore the genetic changes associated with lactose tolerance/intolerance and how the trait is inherited in families. Also available in Spanish.

  • Lactose Intolerance: Fact or Fiction

    Lactose Intolerance: Fact or Fiction

    Lessons

    Students evaluate and discuss several statements about lactose intolerance and evolution before and after watching the film. Also available in Spanish.

  • Diet and the Evolution of Salivary Amylase

    Diet and the Evolution of Salivary Amylase

    Lessons

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

  • How Novel Icefish Genes Can Improve Human Health

    How Novel Icefish Genes Can Improve Human Health

    Lessons

    A lesson that requires students to read detailed scientific passages and explain how an understanding of specific icefish adaptations might lead to a treatment or cure for human disorders, such as osteoporosis and anemia. 

  • Icefish Blood Adaptations: Viscosity

    Icefish Blood Adaptations: Viscosity

    Lessons

    In this simple lab activity, students simulate and compare how blood pumps through the circulatory system of icefish and other fish.

  • Molecular Genetics of Color Mutations in Rock Pocket Mice

    Molecular Genetics of Color Mutations in Rock Pocket Mice

    Lessons

    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.

  • The Mosquito Life Cycle Activity

    The Mosquito Life Cycle Activity

    Lessons

    Students breed and observe mosquitoes in order to study their life cycle and demonstrate the utility of this data for public policy. Resources are also available in Spanish.

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