These brief video segments can be used alone or in combination, to introduce a topic or to spark discussion among your students. The video segments can be adapted for any grade level. Stream the video segments from the players below, or scroll to the bottom of the page to find downloadable QuickTime versions of the videos. These videos are also used in the lesson plan Freak-Genomics (Grades 9-12).
The Human Spark: Becoming Us, selected segments
Ratty Old Genes
This clip explores the extraction and interpretation of Neanderthal DNA.
Talk of Life
Using the FOX P2 “language gene” as an example, this clip explores how similar genes evolve differently in different animals
Downloadable QuickTime versions of the video segments:
(Note: To download a video, right click on the video title and click “Save Link As…’ or “Save Target As…”. On a Mac, press the CTRL key and simultaneously click the mouse, then save the link.)