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Aim: How does comparative biochemistry provide evidence for evolution?

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This lesson teaches students about biochemical tests, and about how they provide evidence for evolution. They will also discover how molecular evidence sometimes provides unexpected results for evolutionary relationships. The guided notes portion of the lesson goes along with the powerpoint. Sheets provide blank lines for students to fill in missing notes and to answer questions during the lesson. Students are asked to make a phylogenetic tree for four organisms (a camel, a pig, a whale, and a hippopotamus) based on physical features alone. They then examine a DNA test (in the form of a gel electrophoresis test) and an amino acid chain test comparing the four species. Afterwards, they are again asked to create a phylogenetic tree, this time using molecular evidence.

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45 minutes
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