Simulate a Genetic Bottleneck

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Here is a fascinating cross-curricular lesson that investigates how limited genetic variation may have increased the prevalence of a rare genetic disease among the Navajo tribe.

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  • Learners should have a basic understanding of genetics and evolution before beginning 
  • Requires some preparation of materials—consider using crumpled up pieces of colored construction paper for the "100 objects in a container"
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