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ERIC Number: EJ859822
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1539-2422
"Molecular Clock" Analogs: A Relative Rates Exercise
Wares, John P.
Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, v34 n1 p30-35 Jun 2008
Although molecular clock theory is a commonly discussed facet of evolutionary biology, undergraduates are rarely presented with the underlying information of how this theory is examined relative to empirical data. Here a simple contextual exercise is presented that not only provides insight into molecular clocks, but is also a useful exercise for demonstrating how statistical processes are involved in modeling biological phenomena. The example given involves studying rate variation in traffic flow; a variety of other cases will be just as useful, and can provide founding material for further discussion of how molecular clock models are useful in basic and applied biology. (Contains 4 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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