Tools

C-TOOLS - web-based concept mapping tool

DNA from the Beginning

An animated primer on the basics of DNA, genes and heredity. DNA from the Beginning is organized around key concepts. The science behind each concept is explained by: animation, image gallery, video interviews, problem, biographies, and links.

Jon C. Herron Evolution Simulation Software

Phylostrat - evolution simulation; students "evolve" seven species of lizards based on the competing hypotheses of independent design and evolution, then compare the results; in "challenge" mode, students reconstruct an evolutionary phylogeny based on the morphological features of seven given lizard species

FrogPond - experimental design; students design simulation experiments to test hypotheses about the cause of frog deformities; students can collect data and analyze the results

EvoDots - simulation of natural selection using colored dots which can vary by size, speed, or visibility; students act as predators and monitor changes in phenotype frequencies over generations; includes "mutation" mode

PopCycle - population genetics simulation; students monitor changes in allele frequencies in a population; conditions can be set to include differential survival of different genotypes

AlleleA1 - population genetics simulation; simulates evolution at a single locus in an ideal population of imaginary organisms. The locus of interest has 2 alleles: A1 and A2. The user enters values for parameters controlling selection, mutation, migration, genetic drift, and inbreeding. As the simulation runs, the software plots a graph showing the frequency of allele A1 over time.

Bugsville - simulates the genetics of a quantitative character. The user can breed ladybugs to estimate the heritability of spot number, then conduct a selective breeding experiment to see if the heritability multiplied by the selection differential predicts the response to selection.

ForensicEA - ForensicEA lets the user explore the logic of phylogeny reconstruction. The program creates populations of virus particles. The populations evolve by genetic drift. The user can sample and complare nucleotide sequences from the populations. Various simulations let the user collect and analyze data on: genetic drift within a single population; divergence of populations by drift; and variation among populations on a known phylogeny.

 

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