Creating Phylogenetic Trees from DNA Sequences

How closely are animals related? Check their phylogenetic trees! The use of DNA sequencing altered our understanding of these relationships. Individuals explore and gain a better understanding of how scientists sort, align, and determine closeness with the help of DNA.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Go into more detail about indels and SNPs
  • Explain the variation in displaying branch points
Classroom Considerations
  • Relies on prior knowledge of DNA sequencing
Pros
  • Provides a teacher reference and worksheet for students
  • Includes videos going into more detail throughout
Cons
  • None