The making of the fittest: Natural selection in humans
This online resource provides a series of activities looking at sickle-cell anaemia, which is an example of natural selection in humans.
The following two resources should be accessible to all Year 10 students.
- The short film, The making of the fittest: Natural selection in humans, which describes how Dr Allison discovered the link between sickle cell disease and resistance to malaria, and that the protection against malaria by the sickle-cell mutation shows how evolution does not necessarily result in the best solution imaginable but proceeds by whatever means available.
- The activity 'Testing a hypothesis' is a worksheet designed to actively engage students as they watch the film.
These resources are produced by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The activities vary in complexity and therefore teachers are able to select those most appropriate for their needs.
Sickle cell disease and selection—a simulation (http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/science-society/activities-evolution)
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