Mitochondrial DNA

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Do young scientists know that some traits are only passed down by the mother? Mitochondrial DNA is an interesting phenomenon that provides researchers with a lot of useful information. Scholars learn about the endosymbiotic theory, what mitochondrial DNA tells people about genes, and hear interesting facts about mitochondrial DNA and male aging.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have pupils watch in a flipped classroom assignment as an introduction to the endosymbiotic theory 
  • Use as an extension activity for a genetics unit
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires some understanding of basic biology concepts
Pros

  • Narrator is humorous and engaging
  • Includes real-life applications of the concept
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS