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RNA as the First Genetic Molecule

This is a module from the Supersite, "DNA From the Beginning." This learning object provides evidence for RNA as the first genetic molecule. Simulated experiments are provided to explain the evolutionary significance of this important scientific concept. The Supersite contains many other animated tutorials on DNA, genes and heredity. The science behind each concept is explained using animations, an image gallery, video interviews, problems, biographies, and links. There are three sections for the Supersite including Classical Genetics, Molecules of Genetics, and Organization of Genetic Material. Key features are the clear explanations of classical experiments and excellent photographs of researchers and their labs.


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Becky Kapley
Becky Kapley (Faculty)
7 years ago

Although I have not used this, I plan to add it to my classroom activities related to the Origin of Life.  The content is accurate and presented in a clear way that my students could follow.  It will be very helpful for visual learners - being able to see the step by step process of the Miller-Urey Experiment and explanations.  The site is well organized and easy to follow.  It could be used in class or as a supplemental study aid, or a combination of both.

Because this is a self contained activity, students in my online class could easily access it. It might be valuable to add a worksheet or study guide to draw attention to the important concepts.

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I did not encounter any technical problems or difficulties.

Time spent reviewing site: 45 minutes