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Do You Want to be an Evolutionary Biologist?

Who wants to be an Evolutionary Biologist?

1. Parasite-infected mosquitoes cause what disease that is rampant in Africa?
b. Malaria

2. What field of science is the broad study of humanity itself?
b. Anthropology

3. Who are our closest living animal relatives?
a. Chimps

4. Who is often considered the father of evolution?
d. Charles Darwin

5. In what world regions does the parasite P. vivax cause malaria epidemics?
d. Latin America & Asia

6. What Ivy League educational institution has one of the largest collections of DNA samples from around the world?
a. Yale University

7. Adults who cannot digest milk and dairy products have a damaged version or lack what enzyme?
b. Lactase

8. What individuals keep domesticated cattle or other livestock?
b. Pastoralists

9. What bodily fluid did geneticist Greg Gibson obtain samples of from Moroccan Amazighs?
c. Blood

10. What complex network of glands and hormones is found in most animals with well-developed nervous and circulatory systems?
c. Endocrine system

11. Which of the following is not a function of bacteria?
c. Regulate our body temperature

12. What hormone regulates salt and water balance in humans and in some four-legged animals?
a. Aldosterone

13. How many genes are thought to control height?
c. 100 genes

14. What gene, common in areas of Africa with widespread malaria, provides protection against malaria but also causes anemia?
c. G6PD

15. What is the evolutionary process in which many of the hormones and receptors that we have in our bodies today resulted from subtle modifications of hormones and receptors that already existed for different purposes?
b. Molecular exploitation

This page last reviewed on April 22, 2011