Astrobiologists are interested in the salt-loving Archaen, Halobacterium sp. Read more about Could Extraterrestrial Life Look Like An Extremophile?
Diversity of Life
This series of lessons is designed to introduce students to PCR - its function and the process. Read more about mtDNA Amplification and Comparison
Bacteria are prokaryotic organisms that can be found almost anywhere on earth. Identifying prokaryotic species can be difficult in a high school lab. The purpose of this lab it to use information that is known about bacteria cell wall composition, size, shape, arrangements, enzymatic activity, colony growth, and molecular data (DNA) to identify species (or group of prokaryotes) of known and Read more about Inquiry Lab: Identifying Bacteria using Morphology, Physiology, and Molecular Data
How can gene sequences be analyzed in order to show similarities and phylogenic relationships? Students use NCBI to look up gene sequences for several mammals. They then draw phylogenic trees and analyze the data about relationships between organisms. Read more about Bear Evolution
Students will study the details of mitochondria and chloroplasts to gain understand a deeper understanding of how they became organelles and how we can use them to further study evolutionary relationships. Read more about Evolution of mtDNA Webquest