A motivating video on genomics:
The goal of this teaching item is to explore the DNA structure of genes and relate it to evolution. This is done through the use of a scientific discovery game, Phylo, that allows to perform sequence alignments in an intuitive manner. The results are latter put in perspective in a short report.
Play the game:
– play a few puzzles to get the functioning of the alignment interface; after 20 you will be able to enter the expert section (which is even more fun).
Write a report answering the following questions:
– what does the score corresponds to?
– do you think the scoring matrix should change as a function of the organisms evaluated? why?
[useful sources: http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0031362#s4 (phylo)]
– Can you imagine how some mutations could have more/less influence on the phenotype than others?
– Should they be more/less conserved through evolution?
Phylo Exercise by Antoine Taly and Jerome Waldispuhl est mis à disposition selon les termes de la licence Creative Commons Attribution – Partage dans les Mêmes Conditions 3.0 France.