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Evolution

Cytochrome C 

Cytochrome C.  Image credit: Bushnell et al. J Mol Bio 214, 585 (1990).  Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cytochrome_C.png 

  1. The central importance of the theory of evolution and all biological sciences.
    Students should be able to describe examples of evolution to a lay audience, value the principles of evolution through natural selection as foundational to biochemistry and molecular biology, and defend these principles in their work schools, and communities. 

  2. The basics of Darwin's Theory of Evolution 

  3. The process of natural selection
    Students should be able to use the tools of biochemistry and molecular biology (including databases of biological molecules and functional assays) to explain changes in traits, adaptations, and the success or failure of organisms and species. 

  4. Evidence for the Theory of Evolution
    Students should be able to analyze preexisting or novel data and relate the findings in light of the Theory of Evolution.

  5. The molecular basis of natural selection
    Students should be able to describe what a mutation is at the molecular level, and how it comes about, be able to predict how changes in a nucleotide sequence can influence the expression of a gene or the amino acid sequence of the gene produce (protein) and be able to translate these findings into a conclusion about how said mutation would impact the general fitness of an organism or population.