Evolutionary Relationships

Explore evolutionary relationships at the molecular level using DNA or protein. Students investigate the difference of DNA sequences or proteins of closely related species.

  Comparative Proteomics Kit I
Comparative Proteomics Kit I
Fish DNA Barcoding Kit
Fish DNA Barcoding Kit
Overview
In this proteomics based lab, students analyze the differences of the actin and myosin muscle proteins to build an understanding that even closely related species exhibit considerable variation.
Investigate the slight nuances of the cytochrome c. oxidase 1 (COI) gene found in fish. Investigate fraud happening at local marketplaces or explore local species of fish and contribute to scientific data via the Barcode of Life Database.
Ideal For Teachers who want to explore evolutionary relationships by examining fish muscle proteins and want to include protein gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) in their classrooms Teachers who want to introduce students to PCR, gel electrophoresis, DNA sequencing, bioinformatics, and potentially citizen science projects
AP Alignment
Pedagogical Support 20 Questions to Master Inquiry - Protein Profiler Kit Fish DNA Barcoding Kit Planning Guide, Biotechnology Explorer
Class Sessions Three 45 minute classes Varies
Inquiry Type Open-ended Open-ended
Required Equipment

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