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Pocket Mouse Evolution Simulation

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Description This narrated simulation shows the spread of a favorable mutation through a population of pocket mice. Even a small selective advantage can lead to a rapid evolution of the population. Also included with the simulation are background information and teaching tips for using the simulation.
Type of Resource Non-journal Article, Simulation, Teaching Strategies & Guidelines, Video
Format Web Page - HTML
Dennis Liu, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Sean Carroll, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Satoshi Amagai, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Blake Porch, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Development Date December 1, 2005
Grade/Age Levels Middle School (Grades 6-8)
High School lower division (Grades 9-10)
High School upper division (Grades 11-12)
Undergraduate lower division (Grades 13-14)
Undergraduate upper division (Grades 15-16)
National Science
Educational Standards
Biological evolution (9-12), Evolution and equilibrium (K-12)
Learning Time <=1 hour
Language English
Type of Review Reviewed By Staff
Review Date July 26, 2011
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I have viewed the video and resources that go along with this  case adn I can envision using this with both my regular and AP biology students. The video is short and engaging and there are great supplemental resources that help enhance this lesson to be a key part of an evolution unit. THere are also advanced resoruces for looking at mutations and protein structure that can be used with AP Biology

Nicole Karges, Lincoln-Way North