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Category 1: Just Found

1. What population subgroup in Northwest Africa did Dr. Gibson obtain samples of blood from?

2. What great apes have a genome that perfectly identifies with 96 percent of the human genome?

3. What organisms act as part of our external immune system?

4. Persons infected with P. vivax can get malaria again many months or years later because the parasite does what in the body?

5. What essential body sugar molecules can also attract disease-causing microbes?

Category 2: Genetic Footprints

1. What is often called the code of life?

2. What molecules are the building blocks of DNA?

3. What is the term for the genetic information in an organism that is stored in the form of DNA?

4. What field of science uses information from DNA and proteins to determine evolutionary links between populations?

5. What are the slight differences observed between the genomes of individuals and populations?

Category 3: Into Africa

1. In Africa, what infectious disease spread by mosquitoes kills a child every 30 seconds?

2. What serious disease is often passed on to future generations because the gene that causes it also protects against malaria, giving carriers a survival advantage?

3. What term is used to describe the evolutionary race between two species that adapt and evolve in response to one another?

4. G6PD provides protection against malaria and also causes what disorder?

5. What cultural change occurred in East Africa between 3,000 and 7,000 years ago and coincided with the development of a genetic variant for lactose tolerance?

Category 4: The Endocrine System

1. What group of hormones includes estrogen and testosterone?

2. What hormone controls the human response to long-term stress?

3. What does aldosterone regulate in humans and some four-legged animals?

4. Hormones must latch onto what specific proteins on or inside cells to do their jobs?

5. Synthetic chemicals that mimic natural hormones and are associated with reproductive problems, impaired immune function and various cancers are known as what?

Category 5: Past to Present

1. What is Charles Darwin is often called the father of?

2. What is the process where certain advantageous traits are passed from an organism to its offspring?

3. What is the name of the “family trees” that show varying degrees of relatedness between living creatures?

4. Scientists can see how receptor proteins change shape over time with the help of what technique?

5. The evolutionary process of molecular exploitation causes subtle modifications to occur in what?

Final Question

Adults who lack the enzyme lactase cannot digest what food product?

This page last reviewed on May 18, 2011