Evolutionary Significance of Cell Communication

Explore how cells communicate with a video that features the symbiotic relationship between a bioluminescent bacteria and the bobtail squid. The resource explains quorum sensing in bacteria and how epinephrin is linked to glycogen breakdown in multicellular organisms. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Research other ways the body uses signal transduction pathways to communicate messages
Classroom Considerations

  • Class must have access to a computer, Internet, and a projection system
  • Assumes learners understand signal transduction pathways
  • Lesson is part 19 in a series of 37
Pros

  • Shows, very simply, how multicellular organisms and single-celled organisms communicate in a similar way
  • Describes steps of signal transduction pathway in an easy-to-follow manner
  • Great visuals to help learners understand cell communication
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS