TLF ID M025068
The nature of how living things work is intrinsically connected and interrelated. This unit covers a broad range of topics, from molecular aquaporins (the tiny channels through which water and other molecules pass through cell membranes) to the global challenge of securing the world's food supply. It contains a sequence of five lesson plans to show how DNA relates to proteins and traits. The lessons include wet lab experiments and easy to follow dry lab experiments, allowing students to align protein sequences and use open access software to create a phylogenetic tree. Researcher profiles are Included to directly link the classroom to the research. The lesson includes a link to a virtual 360 degree plant cell animation that illustrates the role aquaporin proteins play in shuttling water, carbon dioxide and other molecules vital to good plant health, into and out of plant cells.