Given a scenario, provide evidence that demonstrates how sexual reproduction results in a great variety of possible gene combinations and contributes to natural selection (e.g., Darwin’s finches, isolation of a species, Tay Sach’s disease).
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investigating how information is passed from parents to offspring by encoded molecules (e.g. evidence from electrophoresis, DNA fingerprinting).
investigating how the sorting and recombination of genes in sexual reproduction results in a great variety of possible gene combinations in the offspring of any two parents. (e.g. manipulate models to represent and predict genotypes and phenotypes, Punnett Squares, probability activities).
citing evidence of how natural selection and its evolutionary consequences provide a scientific explanation for the diversity and unity of past and present life forms on Earth. (e.g. Galapagos Islands, Hawaiian Islands, Australia, geographic isolation, adaptive radiation).
distinguishing the stages of mitosis and meiosis and how each contributes to the production of offspring with varying traits
researching and reporting on the contributions of key scientist in understanding evolution and natural selection (e.g. Darwin, Wallace, Mendel).