Chapter 21: The Genetic Basis of Development contains external links to:

  • Evolution Lab
  • Cell Biology and Cancer Activity
  • The Faces of Cancer (pdf)
  • Blackett Family DNA Activity I
  • Blacket Family DNA Activity II
  • "Are You a Supertaster?" Experiment
  • Developmental Biology Tutorial and Problem Set

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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Evolution Lab

by Alison Loomis

Do-it-yourself evolution! Use this humorous but powerful simulation tool to test the effects of selection, mutation and chance on the evolution of a trait. 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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Cell Biology and Cancer Activities include: 1. The faces of cancer 2. Cancer and the cell cycle 3. Cancer as a multistep process 4. Evaluating claims about cancer 5. Acting on information about cancer 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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The Faces of Cancer

by Alison Loomis

This pdf allows you to determine cancer risk factors from 30 cancer case profiles. 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 inquiry-based activity shows you how to use real Short Tandem Repeat (STR) DNA profiles to solve paternity and missing person cases. 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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Use this family study to learn the concepts and techniques behind DNA profiling, interpret DNA autoradiograms, and evaluate DNA profiles to determine familial relationships. 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 is a simple experiment to discover if you have more taste buds than most people. 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 problem set will introduce you to the basic concepts of development in a variety of organisms. You will also learn about the experiments that gave scientists in the early 20th century insight into the mechanisms of development. 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. Definition of a homeotic gene 2. Events that occur during gastrulation 3. Transition to a 2- or 3-layered embryo 4. Role of the optic vesicle in embryonic lens development 5. Fate of embryonic germ layers 6. Spemann and Mangold's embryonic induction experiment 7. Role of homeotic genes in development 8. Embryonic origin of the segments of the adult fruit fly 9. Structure of the blastula 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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