The Biology Corner Sun, 15 Apr 2018 15:54:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Investigation: Gel Electrophoresis Fri, 13 Apr 2018 22:59:53 +0000 This procedural lab is a great compliment for genetic studies where students learn about sex linked genes and mutations.   The allele for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is located on the X chromosome and is associated with a deletion mutation for that region.  ]]> 0 Case Study: How Do Tibetans Survive High Altitudes Mon, 02 Apr 2018 21:49:53 +0000 Based on the Berkeley website: Understanding Evolution, this version focuses on the how the body maintains homeostasis at high altitudes.   This involves increased production of red blood cells to improve oxygen supplies to tissues.    Tibetan populations have adapted to high altitudes by producing fewer red blood cells which improves fetal mortality rates. Case looks at genetics of Tibetans and Chinese and analyzes prenatal and postnatal mortality.]]> 0 Data Analysis: Funky Juncos Thu, 29 Mar 2018 21:04:12 +0000 This data analysis is paired with a short video about how a group of birds split from the main population and evolved in relative isolation near a college campus.   The film is  is 88 minutes long and all of its parts can be viewed at the, though for this activity, only one 16 minute chapter is viewed.    The document below contains film questions, data sets, abstract, and a CER (claim, evidence, reasoning) chart.   The google slides can be used to supplement class discussions as students try to make sense of the provided data tables. Students are introduced to ]]> 0