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Genetics of Organisms—Classic Lab Kits for AP® Biology

By: The Flinn Staff

In the Genetics of Organisms Classic Lab Kits for AP® Biology, perform and test crosses of mutant strains, make daily observations, and compile data. Refill is available.

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Living Drosophila provide a dynamic genetic learning experience in this month-long lab. Students perform test crosses of mutant strains, make daily observations and compile data. Drosophila cultures are required and available separately and must be ordered two weeks in advance of desired arrival date.

For convenience, the recommended strains are listed below. Enough materials needed to culture and maintain multiple mutations for several weeks are provided. Wild-type and mutant Drosophila are required but not included in the kit.

Materials: 70% Isopropyl alcohol*, Camel hair brushes, Culture vials, Flinn Drosophila guide, Foam-tipped applicators*, Instant Drosophila Medium*, Lull-a-Fly™ solution*, Morgues, Vial netting, Vial plugs 

*Denotes items included with refill kit

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Using mathematics and computational thinking

Disciplinary Core Ideas

HS-LS3.A: Inheritance of Traits
HS-LS3.B: Variation of Traits
HS-LS4.B: Natural Selection
HS-LS4.C: Adaptation

Crosscutting Concepts

Patterns
Cause and effect
Structure and function
Stability and change

Performance Expectations

HS-LS3-2. Make and defend a claim based on evidence that inheritable genetic variations may result from (1) new genetic combinations through meiosis, (2) viable errors occurring during replication, and/or (3) mutations caused by environmental factors.
HS-LS3-3. Apply concepts of statistics and probability to explain the variation and distribution of expressed traits in a population.
HS-LS4-2. Construct an explanation based on evidence that the process of evolution primarily results from four factors: (1) the potential for a species to increase in number, (2) the heritable genetic variation of individuals in a species due to mutation and sexual reproduction, (3) competition for limited resources, and (4) the proliferation of those organisms that are better able to survive and reproduce in the environment.
HS-LS4-3. Apply concepts of statistics and probability to support explanations that organisms with an advantageous heritable trait tend to increase in proportion to organisms lacking this trait.
HS-LS4-4. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how natural selection leads to adaptation of populations.