By inspecting real DNA sequences derived from human blood samples, students acquire the skill to predict whether an individual will be susceptible or resistant to malaria. This exercise provides a simple example of adaptive evolution illustrated at
This gene discovery exercise (using the BLAST algorithm ) leads the student through the evidence that Neanderthals and Homo sapiens mated. The gene of interest encodes a receptor that regulates skin pigmentation. Thus this also leads to a class
This exercise using sequence variants that are specific to hominids to establish the origins of fossil bones.
The gene of interest regulates human speech
Genomics , DNA sequence , alleles, FOXP2, Neanderthal, human origins,