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360Science™: Understanding Evolutionary Relationships

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In this lab, students will become familiar with bioinformatics, the interdisciplinary field of science that integrates biology, computer science, software tools, databases, information engineering, mathematics, and statistics. They will explore the National Center for Biotechnology Information Website and utilize BLAST (Basic Local Alignment Search Tool). The conservation of the enzyme cytochrome C and its presence in seven eukaryotic organisms will be determined.

Concepts

  • Evolution
  • Phylogeny
  • Cladograms
  • Bioinformatics
  • Protein structure