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Other

Description:

This activity lets learners participate in the process of reconstructing a phylogenetic tree and introduces them to several core bioinformatics concepts, particularly in relation to evolution. Groups of learners (at least 10) repeat a secret message (five to seven similar-sounding words) like the game "Telephone". In this version of the game, however, learners write and then code what they hear, creating a model of a phylogenetic tree and using a species distance matrix. This resource includes background information about phylogenetic trees, maximum parsimony, and matrix theory (see page 6-7 of PDF).

Subjects:

  • Computer Science > General
  • Mathematics > General
  • Education > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
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  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • Grade 6
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  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
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  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12

Keywords:

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Language:

English

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