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Reference Materials

Ask the Expert Below are a few sites that list scientists and professionals that voluntarily respond to students' questions. Remember, some experts receive many of the same questions and respond to only 2 of 40 inquiries and direct the other inquiries to a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Therefore, please refer to the FAQs before sending an e-mail.

Animations

  • Hungarian Flash Animation- Challenge yourself to understand how this animation works and what it means, even if you do not know Hungarian. Courtesy of http://biologia.sulinet.hu.
  • Natural Selection Animation - Courtesy of Sulinet. It is evolution on the screen. There are a hundred of the animals, and they have three characteristics: red, blue and green which determine their color. You can set the environment with the sliders. When you start the process with the speed slider, first only that 50 survives of them which are closest to the color of the background (which are most adapted to the environment). Then each survivor will have a child, the characteristics of the child differ a little from that of the parent by a random amount. Again only that half population survives which is adapted the most and so on. You can change the environment anytime you want.
  • Independent Assortment - Courtesy of Sulinet. Click on the question mark for an explanation of what is happening. Select one animal and a circle will appear around it. Then select "Father" or "Mother" and click "X" and the cross will be made. Percentages will appear to the right for each phenotype. Can you figure out which trait is dominant?

Games

  • iDNAfication- Teaches students to use biology and molecular biology techniques (including DNA fingerprinting) to solve forensics mysteries. Teachers may customize the game to omit some modules and to create a list of suspects that includes the students.
  • Origin: Unknown: Teaches students and science educators how to utilize WWW-based Bioinformatics tools in the analysis of biological macro-molecular sequence data.
  • Outbreak! Teaches students the clinical and diagnostic methodologies, and skills used in microbiology.

Genetics background

Problems and Activities

Color Blindness

Hardy-Weinberg Links

Related Information

Current issues in genetics and evolution

These articles provide some background on current issues in fields related to genetics and evolution and can be used as part of a class discussion or an extension reading for interested students.

Science Friday: Produced through NPR has had a month of great shows on genetics.

At the above websites you can read more topic details and you should be able to download and play those broadcasts in the classroom with a computer and some small speakers. This is a great resource to current and engaging news that you can use in your classroom!

Intelligent Design

Genetics

Stem cell research