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This lesson includes two activities in which students learn that the kinds of genetic changes that can be caused by natural selection happen in all organisms and can happen with surprising speed. It looks at how understanding evolution and its mechanisms helps scientists deal with world health threats and global environmental crises as well as predict the impact new technology will have on our future. In the first activity, students will investigate the growing problem of antibiotic resistance and what this means in the realm of menacing diseases such as tuberculosis, influenza, and AIDS. Students will learn about real-time evolutionary change, investigate the problems of antibiotic resistance, and learn about the evolution of infectious disease. In the second activity students will learn how evolution affects their world and how understanding evolution can help us understand problems in medicine, agriculture, and the environment. Each activity has a list of objectives and links to detailed instruction for the student and teachers notes. The lesson also has links to an assessment rubric, the national science standards for the lesson, and additional activities.
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