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Evo in the news: Evolution and the avian flu

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Overview:
This news brief, from November of 2005, describes the threat of avian flu. The stage is set for this virus to evolve into a strain that could cause a deadly global pandemic.

Author/Source:
UC Museum of Paleontology

Grade level:
13-16

Time:
10 minutes

Teaching tips:
Use this resource to relate evolutionary concepts to the topics of viruses or the immune system (or get more suggestions for incorporating evolution throughout your biology syllabus). This article includes a set of discussion and extension questions for use in class. It also includes hints about related lessons that might be used in conjunction with this one. Get more tips for using Evo in the News articles in your classroom.

Concepts:
Correspondence to the Next Generation Science Standards is indicated in parentheses after each relevant concept. See our conceptual framework for details.

  • Evolution results from natural selection acting upon genetic variation within a population.

  • New heritable traits can result from mutations.

  • Scientific knowledge is open to question and revision as we come up with new ideas and discover new evidence.

  • As with other scientific disciplines, evolutionary biology has applications that factor into everyday life, for example in agriculture, biodiversity and conservation biology, and medicine and health.

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