Sonic the Hedgehog Is Why You Have Thumbs!

Do you know what Sonic hedgehog is? Yes, it is a video game character, but it is also a protein that controls how your fingers develop. A paleontologist discusses the development of the arm and hand, beginning with fish and ending with Sonic the Hedgehog.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Research Pikachurin, another protein named after a video game character 
Classroom Considerations
  • Be aware that not all comments on YouTube are appropriate for the classroom
  • Requires no prior knowledge, making this a universal resource
Pros
  • Provides a list of further reading and resources in the notes section on YouTube
  • Includes closed captioning for ease of note taking
Cons
  • None