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Online Lessons for Teachers: Learning Evolution
  Why Does Evolution Matter Now?
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Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotics

Evolution

Natural Selection

In 1998, a farmer sprayed his crops with the newest pesticide on the market and harvested a tremendous crop. In the summer of 1999, using the same chemical, he found that the corn borer insect ruined about one-eighth of his crop. The harvest of 2000 was a disaster. The farmer used the same chemical as always, but the pest decimated two-thirds of his crop. Believe it or not, this farmer's story can be explained by evolution. In this lesson, you will learn about how evolution affects your health, the food you eat, and your environment.

Image of bacteria.

Activity 1: Evolution and Antibiotic Resistance
Learn how evolution is at the heart of a world health threat. Investigate the growing problem of antibiotic resistance and what this means in the realm of diseases such as tuberculosis and influenza.

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Image of an ear of corn.

Activity 2: Evolution in Your World
Learn how evolution affects your world and how understanding evolution can help solve problems in medicine, agriculture, and the environment.

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Additional Activities
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