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The American Biology Teacher (2020) 82 (1): 49–51.
Published: 01 January 2020
... replication, transcription, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and random mutations so that students can examine these processes in detail. The set is inexpensive and easy to make, has been used successfully, and allows for modification to fit individual teachers' needs. © 2020 National Association of Biology...
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Christopher W. Hoagstrom, Lin Xiang, Nicole Lewis-Rogers, Patrice K. Connors, Ami Sessions-Robinson ...
The American Biology Teacher (2019) 81 (2): 127–132.
Published: 01 February 2019
... prey–predator coevolution in escape/pursuit speed. It illustrates how selection pressure on individual speed increases average population speed through differential survival, while also reducing variation in speed among individuals. A simulated beneficial mutation helps differentiate the generation of...
The American Biology Teacher (2018) 80 (8): 600–607.
Published: 01 October 2018
...Dana Brown Haine “Investigating the Exposome: Vinyl Chloride Exposure, DNA Damage & Repair” is a data interpretation and graphing activity that provides students a relevant context in which to explore and refine what they know about DNA structure and function, mutation, DNA repair, and cancer...
The American Biology Teacher (2017) 79 (4): 257–271.
Published: 01 April 2017
... structure and function genetics mutation Translations should enlighten, yet here instruction falls short for arguably the most fundamental, life-defining process: genetically prescribed protein synthesis. Traditional transcription-translation exercises are commonly used to teach biology's “Central...
The American Biology Teacher (2017) 79 (2): 128–134.
Published: 01 February 2017
... alleviate this problem. In this guided investigation of evolutionary mechanisms, students use LEGO bricks to simulate how mutation, migration, genetic drift, and natural selection can affect the evolution of a population. This exercise was undertaken and assessed with college introductory biology students...
Includes: Supplementary data
The American Biology Teacher (2015) 77 (8): 614–619.
Published: 01 October 2015
...George P. Smith; Miriam Golomb; Sidney K. Billstein; Stephen Montgomery Smith Microbial cultures swiftly adapt to lethal agents such as antibiotics or viruses by acquiring resistance mutations. Does this remarkable adaptability require a Lamarckian explanation, whereby the agent specifically...
The American Biology Teacher (2015) 77 (2): 118–125.
Published: 01 February 2015
.../reprintinfo.asp . 2015 Molecular evolution mutation natural selection conserved DNA sequences The exercises provided here are designed to help students visualize how molecular evolution occurs by acquainting students with the basic principles of variable and conserved DNA sequences. These activities...
The American Biology Teacher (2015) 77 (1): 6–9.
Published: 01 January 2015
... associate molecular changes with the evolution of form and function in organisms. Included are examples that illustrate how mutation followed by selection causes populations to evolve. Next month we will share lab activities that illustrate the concepts and reinforce the complementary roles of mutation and...
The American Biology Teacher (2014) 76 (7): 450–454.
Published: 01 September 2014
... students learn not only the “what” of science but also the “how” and “why.” In line with this approach, we present an exercise that models the integration of fundamental evolutionary concepts with science practices. Students use Avida-ED digital evolution software to test claims from a study on mutated...
The American Biology Teacher (2014) 76 (2): 132–136.
Published: 01 February 2014
... hundred per lecture section. We present a pedagogically sound exercise that utilizes a series of simple and inexpensive simulations to convey the concept of evolution through mutation and natural selection. Questions after each simulation expand student comprehension; a class discussion encourages...
The American Biology Teacher (2013) 75 (2): 130–131.
Published: 01 February 2013
... Teachers. All rights reserved. Request permission to photocopy or reproduce article content at the University of California Press’s Rights and Permissions Web site at http://www.ucpressjournals.com/reprintinfo.asp . 2013 Sorting process natural selection evolution origin of variation mutation...
The American Biology Teacher (2012) 74 (8): 581–582.
Published: 01 October 2012
.../reprintinfo.asp . 2012 Protein structure function model mutation enzyme 3-D The interrelationship of structure and function is a key theme of biology. One important example of this relationship involves how the three-dimensional shapes of proteins are related to the roles they play at the...
The American Biology Teacher (2011) 73 (9): 548–552.
Published: 01 November 2011
... Teachers. 2011 Bacteria DNA mutation science experiment sunlight ultraviolet radiation Sunlight is essential for vital biological processes, such as photosynthesis and vitamin D synthesis. However, solar ultraviolet (UV) radiation can be detrimental to living beings: it is associated with...
The American Biology Teacher (2010) 72 (4): 235–240.
Published: 01 April 2010
...Susan Offner The Y chromosome is of great interest to students and can be used to teach about many important biological concepts in addition to sex determination. This paper discusses mutation, recombination, mammalian sex determination, sex determination in general, and the evolution of sex...