Master Genes Control Basic Body Plans

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Have you ever been so tired you missed a major announcement? Eric Wieschaus woke to a call explaining he won the Nobel Prize, but he thought it was just a dream until Christiane Nusslein-Volhard, a co-winner, explained it to him later that day. Learn about their research and the research of Ed Lewis in understanding homeotic mutations. Scholars use an online interactive to dive into the research, the scientists, and the long-term implications.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Explain why so many scientists use fruit flies for experiments
  • Discuss the embryonic development of Drosophila as it compares to the development in mammals
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of genes, mutations, nucleotides, and proteins

  • Offers an applied problem-solving challenge to demonstrate understanding
  • Includes links to further research and online activities to extend the lesson

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