Model How Sexual Reproduction Results in Offspring with Different Characteristics!
Research-Based & Developed with Support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
In the first part of this hands-on lab investigation, students model meiosis and fertilization using chromosomes/genes from fictitious Beebop parents. They “decode” the genes in the zygote to produce a baby Beebop. They then compare the baby they made with others in the Beebop Family Album to observe the variation that results from sexual reproduction. In the second part, students model the effect of natural selection on the frequency of traits and genes in the Beebop population.