Chapter 16: The Molecular Basis of Inheritance contains external links to:

  • "Journey into DNA" Animation
  • Nucleic Acids Tutorials and Problem Sets

This resource is part of the Biology Links for One Laptop Per Child course which contains units on Exploring Life; The Cell; Genetics; Mechanisms of Evolution; The Evolutionary History of Biological Diversity; Plant Form and Function; Animal Form and Function; Ecology; and Astrobiology.

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This exploration allows you to travel to the tiny world of DNA. Beginning with the body and ending with the atoms that make up a single DNA base, you'll be able to zoom in to 15 different levels to see DNA's relationship to us as a whole. Along the way you'll also see the intricate bending and winding that takes place within a chromosome, which allows more than five feet of DNA to fit within the nucleus of a tiny cell. This resource is part of the Biology Links for One Laptop Per Child course which contains units on Exploring Life; The Cell; Genetics; Mechanisms of Evolution; The Evolutionary History of Biological Diversity; Plant Form and Function; Animal Form and Function; Ecology; and Astrobiology.
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Learn the basics about nucleic acids, how they form base pairs, and undergo replication and translation, as well as the methods and findings of some of the classic experiments in this area. Instructions: The following problems have multiple choice answers. Correct answers are reinforced with a brief explanation. Incorrect answers are linked to tutorials to help solve the problem. 1. DNA, the genetic material 2. Meselson-Stahl, semiconservative replication 3. DNA replication I 4. DNA replication II 5. DNA replication III 6. Meselson-Stahl, second generation 7. DNA transformation 8. DNA base pairing 9. RNA 10. Translation 11. mRNA and translation I 12. Initiation and translation 13. mRNA and translation II 14. Codon-anticodon base pairing 15. Transcription This resource is part of the Biology Links for One Laptop Per Child course which contains units on Exploring Life; The Cell; Genetics; Mechanisms of Evolution; The Evolutionary History of Biological Diversity; Plant Form and Function; Animal Form and Function; Ecology; and Astrobiology.
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