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DNALC Live: What DNA Says About Our Human Family, Episode I

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Date: Monday, March 30, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Date: Monday, March 30, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m. (EDT)
Duration: 60 minutes
Presenter: Dave Micklos, DNALC Founder and Executive Director
Audience: Grades 9 and above

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Activity description:

Written in each person’s DNA is an unbroken record of our shared ancestry as human beings—where we arose and how we moved and mingled to create the tapestry of cultures we now see around the world. In Episode I of this three-part series, we will look at our closest living animal relative. Why is it that chimpanzees from different parts of Africa look the same (even to experts), while humans from different parts of the world look different? To help answer this question, we will compare the genetic diversity of humans and chimps to see what it tells us about how the two groups evolved. We will learn practical methods to collect DNA samples and to amplify and sequence a bit of DNA from the cell’s energy factory, the mitochondria. We will introduce bioinformatics tools to compare DNA from different individuals and to make a simple tree of their relatedness to each other.

 

If the stream in YouTube is very bad, we will switch the presentation to:
Zoom https://cshl-dnalc.zoom.us/j/594229179
(Participants will only be admitted to the Zoom meeting if the YouTube stream is stopped.)

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    Visit: https://dnalc.cshl.edu/resources/dnalc-live/20200330-human-family.html