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Evolution of Whales
Mitchell Colgan, College of Charleston
The students read two articles on the evolution of whales and search the web. The students' writing assignment requires them to outline the evolution of whales using major fossil finds. Students start with ...

Protein Evolution
Scott Cooper, UW-La Crosse
In this activity students explore the evolution of proteins by comparing 2D and 3D alignments of orthologs and paralogs.

Evolution, Natural Selection and Speciation
Scott Cooper, UW-La Crosse
In this out of class tutorial, students explore several examples of natural selection and speciation.

Co-evolution of Life and Minerals
Penelope Boston, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Based on the 2010 Scientific American paper by Hazen, and the more technical 2008 paper of Hazen et al, both of which explore the effect of the biosphere on the tremendous number of mineral species that occur on ...

Evolution of antibiotic resistance in bacteria
Elena Bray Speth, Saint Louis University-Main Campus
This activity is intended to guide students to apply principles of evolution by natural selection to explain a real world biological phenomenon (the evolution of bacteria populations resistant to common ...

Reconstructing the Evolution of Cauliflower and Broccoli
Sarah Deel, Carleton College; Susan Singer, Carleton College; Debby Walser-Kuntz
This laboratory exercise focuses on the connections between plant genetics and morphology.

Modeling Molecular Evolution
Jodi Schwarz, Vassar College
Biology and Computer Science majors collaborate to model the process of mutation at the DNA level, and examine the consequences at the protein level.

Searching Genbank
Jeff Bell
An active problem-based assignment that uses the Genbank database to teach the basics of molecular biology and molecular evolution

Teaching Molecular Evolution and Phylogenetics
Nathan Lents
This activity uses DNA sequences, protein sequence, and chromosome-density maps to re-trace the ancestry of humans and some of their closest relatives.

Molecular evolution of gene families
Cara Constance, Hiram College (formerly at Holy Cross College)
Bioinformatics lab on concepts of orthologs and paralogs, sequence conservation at genomic DNA, mRNA and amino acid levels, and molecular phylogenetics. Wet-lab using RT-PCR to determine gene expression patterns in distinct tissues.

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