How Novel Icefish Genes Can Improve Human Health

Designed to accompany the 13-minute video The Making of the Fittest: The Birth and Death of Genes, this handout serves as both a viewing guide during the video and an analysis of how the adaptations of the icefish might help treat some human ailments. Additionally, there is an extension activity, which includes an essay outline for budding biologists to write more in-depth about the potential benefits to human health that could come from understanding more about the icefish. Add more time to the recommended duration if you choose to have your class do the extension activity. 

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
  • Several supportive resources available, including hands-on activities 
  • Meets Next Generation life science standards for high school
  • An excellent choice for meeting the Common Core initiative
  • High-interest and quality video
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