For Dec. 4th: Evolution

To prepare for our discussion of evolution, read one of the following Biology by Raven 20.1, 20.3, 20.4 (20.2 optional) and 22.5 (adaptive radiation). You might also find it useful to read these as well:

  • EO Wilson’s Life on Earth chapter 3
  • OpenStax Biology 18.1 and part of 18.2 (adaptive radiation)

Also, watch this TED talk by Jonathan Haidt to get acquainted with group selection, altruism and the free-rider problem.

There may be a short quiz during class on these materials.


For 11/8: Genetic Diseases & Gene Therapy

To prepare for class this Thursday, please do the following:

  • Read 11.1, 11.2 and 13.5 in Biology by Raven; if you’re using the optional text EO Wilson’s Life on Earth, the corresponding chapters are 11.3 & 12.1. You may find other related sections of the book useful as well as the Wikipedia entry on Genetic Disorder for understanding these sections.
  • Listen to these NPR news story “New Genetic Test Screens Would-Be Parents” and then answer the following questions:

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Reading for The Central Dogma

Here’s the reading for our coverage of The Central Dogma, the flow of biological information from DNA to RNA to protein:

  • sections 14.2, 14.3, 15.1, 15.2, 15.3, 15.6 through 15.9 in Biology by Raven,
  • chapter 10 (found in unit 3) of EO Wilson’s Life on Earth 

These videos, versions of which can be found in EO Wilson’s Life on Earth, may be helpful.  Continue reading

For 10/23: Cell Biology

In class on October 23rd, we’ll discuss cell biology. To prepare, please read sections 4.1 through 4.6 and 5.1 through 5.3 in Biology. This may seem like a lot, but again, the key terms should be useful in keeping your reading focused, and also, some of this material may already be familiar to you from previous classes.

For 10/18: Lab Prep

Please prepare for the lab activity on October 18th by doing the following:

  • Collect a couple of leaves, seeds or piece of bark from a log; place what you collect in a plastic zip-top bag and if possible, store it in a refrigerator if you are collecting the items a day or more before the lab activity; bring what you’ve collected in on Oct. 18th
  • Read over and sign the lab safety form
  • Review the components of the compound microscope with this guide.