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Genetics, Human Evolution, Human Populations and Ecological Economics

 

BACKGROUND AND PREPARATION

 

GOALS PRESENTATIONS ACTIVITIES
  1. Review genetics and inheritance.
  2. Apply understanding of inheritance and natural selection to human evolutionary history.

 

Genetics and Human Evolution Hominid Skull Lab

 

  1. Examine human population dynamics in the context of evolution
  2. Establish economic/ecologic factors that might be affecting current and future path of human evolution.
Demographics and Ecological Economics Demographics and Resource Use
  • The Demographics Game [link]
  • Hans Rosling TED talk [link]
  • Gapminder [link]

 

EXAMPLES OF MENDELIAN INHERITANCE

MENDELIAN GENETICS AND INHERITANCE

  1. Basic Principles of Genetics from Palomar College [link]
  2. Introduction to Mendelian genetics and inheritance from Maricopa Community College [link]
  3. Mendelian genetics, genetic crosses problem set and sex-linked traits from University of Arizona [link]

COLOR BLIND EXAMPLE

  1. Physiology of color vision from Howard Hughes Medical Center [link]
  2. Simple family tree with inheritance of color-blind trait from University of Arizona [link]
  3. The Causes of Color--a website about color vision, color in art and color blindness [link]
  4. Hidden Talent--this page is full of color blind tests [link]
  5. Colors for the color-blind--website design and color charts for color-blind people [link]
  6. PowerPoint with detailed pedigree/genetic cross color blind example and lots of background [PPT download]

SICKLE CELL ANEMIA EXAMPLE (also saw with Blood topic)

  1. Sickle cell anemia overview [link]
  2. Animated video of Plasmodium life cycle [link]
  3. Read background and see video about relation between malaria and sickle cell anemia in West Africa [link]
  4. Do this self-guided tutorial on sickle cell anemia and its relationship with malaria--I suggest doing it step by step and really trying to answer the questions. It's a great review on genetics, some cell and molecular biology and evolution by point mutations in DNA. [link]

 

 

WEB RESOURCES
  • DNA from the beginning to get great understanding of relation between molecular genes and "classical genetics" [link]

  • Life cycle website:  From meiosis to fertilization [link]

  • Simple meiosis animation from John Kyrk [link

  • Similar animation from Cells Alive [link

  • Another meiosis animation--this one has more text explanation, but not-so-great graphics [link]

 

  • Human Genome Project [link]

  • NHGRI (National Human Genome Research Institute) [link]

  • NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) [link]

  • BioInformatics [link]

 

Ethan White website--allometry and ecological patterns [link]

James Brown website [link]

 


Biology Department

Yavapai College

1100 East Sheldon Street

Prescott, AZ  86301

Office:  Prescott Campus, 4-233A

Phone:  (928) 717-7628; (800)-922-6787

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Larry Frolich 2009

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