Module 1: An introduction to the Biology Workbench—searches, alignments and trees
This module has two purposes: (1) to introduce the student to the Biology Workbench by providing a tutorial that leads the student through the interface, culminating in phylogenetic trees and distance matrices; (2) to have the students attempt to make evolutionary sense of the results. This module contains two activities. The first activity is an example of how protein sequence evidence can be used to draw conclusions about the evolutionary history of the major groups of life on earth. The second activ ity involves DNA sequences and their use in testing phylogenetic hypotheses about HIV evolution.
Module 2: Evolutionary Implications of Protein and DNA Evidence
This module provides several activities that are somewhat more open-ended. In this module, the activities expect the student to be able to navigate through the Biology Workbench. Activities include: (1) mitochondrial evolution: a story of endosymbiosis ; (2) relationship between HIV evolution and host progression to AIDS; (3) sodium channels: a revealing story about the evolution of tissues, organs and taxa.
Module 3: Student Designed Experiments
In this module, students will pose an evolutionary question, design a procedure analysis, and interpret their data in an evolutionary context.
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