Welcome to our STEB correspondence seminar! You're about to be introduced to 5 series in different areas of evolutionary biology that will not only introduce you to many new interesting facts and connections, but also help you better understand the material you're probably covering in biology at school. We hope you enjoy the seminar, and that you do well in the competition.
Please read the rules and hints carefully before starting the competition to avoid unnecessary misunderstandings.
Series 1: DNA, mutations and evolutions
Deoxyribonucleic acid, double helix, the molecule of life, the recipe for all life… these are just a few names for this special molecule. We no longer see DNA just as a molecule - it has become the icon of modern biology and medicine. Discovering its structure and functions entirely changed how we think about life and nature in general.
DNA stores information about us, passing it from parents to offspring, from generation to generation. Thanks to DNA found across the realm of life scientists claim that all living organisms have a single, common origin. So how is it possible, that we observe an amazing diversity of organisms around us?
Series 1: Article
Series 1: Project
Submit your project through Google Classroom or send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Series 2: Genetic Basis of Traits
Series 3: A Glimpse into the World of Human Viruses
In the past few months, you have probably heard more about viruses than you ever wished to, and your live has been more influenced by them than you ever anticipated. There are an estimated 10^(31) viruses on this planet, which infect all forms of life. They play an important role in many ecosystems and shape life on earth. While the most debated virus at the moment is undoubtedly SARS-CoV-2, in this issue, we will deliberately have a look at other viruses that infect humans, so you learn more about common features of viruses, as well as differences between them.