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Why do individuals of the same species vary in how they look and behave?

Topic

Plant Genetics and Variation

Framing Question

Why do individuals of the same species vary in how they look and behave?

Learning Objectives

  • Identify a trait in a natural population of plants, then collect and analyze phenotypic data to determine how much the trait varies.
  • Analyze data from an online repository of gene expression data to determine how genetic differences or environmental cues affect patterns of gene expression.
  • Design and conduct an experiment to compare the expression of a gene of interest under different environmental conditions.
  • Predict differences in gene expression in mutant versus wild-type plants based on the function of the gene.

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