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Biology week 1 to week 5 notes

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Biology week 1 to week 5 notes BIOL 1442

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1/20 (syllabus) noncomprehensive final full blue sheet scantron 1/22 Ch 22: Descent with Modification: A Darwinian View of Life ● Evolution: (text gives two definitions) ○ descent with modification ○ change in allele frequencies over generations over time ● process­ mechanisms of how organisms evolve ● pattern­ how organisms have evolved historically ● Evolution is the most transformative idea in all of science ○ massive resistance at first, still some today ● James Hutton (influenced Darwin) ○ gradualism (1795) ● Thomas Malthus: essay on principle of population (1795) ● Jean Baptiste Lamarck: inheritance of acquired characteristics (1809) ● George Cuvier: studies of fossils (1812) ○ catastrophism ● Charles Lyell: Principles of Geology (1830) ● Born 1809 died 1882 ● encouraged to study medicine, didn't like it ● studies religion, didn't  like it ● begins to study “natural philosophy” ○ what we would call natural history ● Teacher and botanist John Henslow sends him on a Royal Navy expedition as an  intellectual companion and ship’s naturalist to Captain Fitzroy ● Voyage of the HMS Beagle (1831­1836) ● Phylogeny ○ life has a family tree ● two observations ○ variation among organisms ○ individuals produce more offspring than the environment can support  indefinitely ● two inferences ○ individuals whose inherited traits give them a higher probability of  surviving and reproducing tend to leave more offspring than other individuals ○ the unequal ability of individuals to survive and reproduce leads to the  accumulation of favorable traits in the population over generations ● On the Origin... (1859)  ● all of Darwin’s evidence for natural selection ○ influenced greatly by the study of artificial selection ● Alfred Russel Wallace ○ co­discoverer of natural selection ■ working as a specimen collector in the Malay Archipelago  (indonesia) ■ not independently wealthy lie Darwin nor connected to the  scientific elite ■ not nearly as much evidence as Darwin ○ Darwin was reticent to publish ■ lacking some evidence ■ theory will encounter resistance, has more to lose ○ Darwin and Wallace publish together, Wallace receives some credit ● hypothesis: fueled by observation ● theory ○ can be limited in scope or very broad ○ in science, generally denotes something that is well known with no clear  refutations ○ examples: gravity, evolution, big bang, germ ● law: literally no known scientific exceptions or refutations ○ laws of physics, gas laws ○ no true laws in biology ● immense amount of evidence (more than gravity) 1/27 ● sexual reproduction can shuffle existing alleles into new combinations ● in organisms that reproduce sexually, recombination of alleles is more important than  mutation in producing the genetic differences that make adaptation possible ● a population is a localized group of individuals capable of interbreeding and produce  fertile offspring ● if there are two or more alleles for a locus diploid individuals may be either homozygous  or heterozygous ● the frequency of an allele in a population can be calculated ● by convention if there are two alleles at a locus, p and q are used to represent their  frequencies ● the frequency of all alleles in a population will add up to 1 ○ p + q = 1 ● Ex: ○ 320 red (CrCr) ○ 160 pink (CrCw) ○ 20 whites (CwCw) ● calculate the number of copies  ○ ­p = freq Cr = 800 / (800 + 200) = 0.8 ○ ­q = freq Cw = 200 / (800+200) = 0.2 ● sum of alleles is always 1 ○ 0.8 + 0.2 = 1 ● Hardy­Weinberg Equation describes the genetic makeup we expect for a population that  is not evolving at a particular locus ● in a population where gametes contribute to the next gen. randomly and Mendelian  inheritance occurs allele and genotype freq. … (slide before fig. 23.7) ● Hardy weinberg equilibrium (genotype freq.) p^2 + 2pq +q^2 = 1 ● genotype frequencies = Hardy­weinberg equilibrium (on the test: ALLELE freq. or  GENOTYPE freq. READ THE QUESTION) ● 5 conditions for nonevolving populations are rarely met in nature ○ no mutations ○ random mating ○ no natural selection ○ extremely large population size ○ no gene flow ● natural populations can evolve at some loci but not at others ● we can assume the locus that causes PKU is in Hardy­weinberg equilibrium given that ○ PKU gene mutation rate is low ○ mate selection is random with respect to whether or not an individual is a  carrier for the PKU allele ○ natural selection can only act on rare homozygous individuals who do not  follow dietary restrictions ○ the population is large ○ migration has no effect as many other populations have similar allele freq. ● occur. of PKU is 1 per 10,000 births ○ q^2 = 0.0001 ○ q = 0.01 ● the freq. of normal alleles is  ○ p =1 ­ q = 1 ­ 0.01 = 0.99 ● the freq of carriers is  ○ 2pq = 2 x 0.99 x 0.01 = 0.0198 ○ or approx. 2% of the US population ● 3 major factors alter allele frequencies and bring about most evolutionary change ○ natural selection ○ genetic drift ○ gene flow ● adaptive evolution (organisms adapting to their environment) is caused by natural  selection ● the smaller sample, the greater the chance of random deviation from a predictive result ● genetic drift affects small populations ● the founder effect occurs when a few individuals become isolated from a larger  population ● allele freq. in the small founder population can be different from those in the larger  parent population ● the bottleneck effect is a sudden reduction … (slide before fig. 23.10­13) ● understanding the bottleneck effect can increase understanding… (slide after fig. 23.10­ 13) ● effects of genetic drift ○ significant in small populations ○ cause allele freq. to change at random ○ can lead to a loss of genetic variation within population ○ can cause harmful alleles to become fixed ● gene flow consists of alleles among pop. ● alleles can be transferred through the movement of fertile individuals or gametes ● gene flow tends to reduce variation among pop. over time ● gene flow can decrease the fitness of a pop. ● ex: great tits (Parus major) on the Dutch island of Vlieland ○ mating causes gene flow between central and eastern pop. ○ immigration from the mainland  ● important in evolutionary change in modern human pop. ○ we are more mixed than we ever have been ● natural selection is the only mechanism that consistently (ON THE TEST) ● struggle for existence and survival of the fittest are misleading ● reproductive success is generally more subtle and depends on many factors 2/1 ● speciation: the origin of new species. the part of evolutionary theory must explain how  new species originate and how populations evolve to form new species ● Species and species concepts: ○ very tricky issue in biology ■ thousands of papers published ○ functionally, different among taxa ○ theoretically, many species concepts emerge ● reproductive isolation is the existence of biological factors (barriers) that impede ● prezygotic barriers are anything that prevents making a fertile zygote ● habitat isolation: two species encounter each other rarely or not at all because they  occupy different habitats even though not isolated by physical barriers ● temporal isolation: species that breed at different times of the day, different seasons,  or different years cannot mix their gametes ● behavioral isolation: courtship rituals and other behaviors unique to a species are  effective barriers to mating ● mechanical isolation: morphological differences can prevent successful completion of  mating ● gametic isolation: sperm of one species may not be able to fertilize eggs of another  species ● problems with ESC: doesn't give you criteria; untestable ● phylogenetic species concept:  ● allopatric/sympatric speciation ● allopatric: gets separated ● sympatric: together 2/ 3 ● Sympatric speciation takes place in geographically overlapping populations ● Sympatric speciation can occur if gene flow is reduced by factors including ○ Polyploidy ○ Sexual selection ○ Habitat differentiation ● Polyploidy is the presence of extra sets of chromosomes due to accidents during cell  division  ● Much more common in plants than animals ● Can produce new biological species ● Autopolyploid ● Allopolyploid ● 5 new plant species since 1850  ○ Oats, cotton, potatoes ● Gray treefrogs­ sympatric speciation(s.s.) ­ chromosome based ○ Offspring can no longer reproduce with parent species ○ If sufficient numbers exist can form a self sustaining population  ● Sexual selection can drive s.s. ● A hybrid zone can occur in a single band  ● Hybrids have reduced fitness compared to parent species ● 3 possible outcomes of closely related species come back together in a hybrid zone ○ Reinforcement ○ Fusion ○ Stability ● A female is more likely to choose the other species of the two species are allopatric than if the species are sympatric ● Speciation can occur rapidly or slowly ● Patterns in fossil record ○ Niles Eldredge and Stephen Jay Goulds ● Punctuated pattern and evidence from lab studies suggest that speciation can occur  rapidly ● 4,000 to 40 million years for speciation to occur ● How many genes change  ● Ch 25 the history of life on earth ○ Past organisms were very different from those now alive ○ The fossil record shows macroevolutionary changes over large time  scales ● Chem and phys processes in early earth may have produced very simple cells through a sequence of stages ○ Abiotic synthesis  ○ Form macromolecules ○ Packaging molecules into a membrane (protocells) ○ B ● Earth formed 4.6 billion years ago with the rest of the solar system  ● Jupiter keeps earth from getting blasted by asteroids and comets ● Pluto is a giant comet ● 1920’s Haldane and Oparin early atmosphere was reducing environment ● Rna monomers have been produced spontaneously from simple molecules ● Protocells ○ Formed from fluid­filled vesicles with a membrane­like structure  2/5 ● the first genetic material was probably RNA, not DNA ● RNA molecules called ribozymes have been found to catalyze ● natural selection has produced self­replicating RNA molecules ● RNA molecules that were more stable or replicated faster would have left the most  descendant RNA molecules ● the early genetic material might have formed an “RNA world” ● vesicles containing RNA capable of replication would have been protocells ● RNA could have provided the template for DNA, a more stable genetic material ● The fossil record reveals changes in the history of life on Earth ● Sedimentary rocks are deposited into layers called strata ● few individuals have fossilized and even fewer have been discovered ● the fossil record is biased in favor of species that: ○ existed for a long time ○ were abundant and widespread ○ had hard parts ○ died in places with low oxygen levels ● radiometric dating  ○ c14 → c13 → c12 ● geologic record ● 1st single celled organisms; stromatolites ● most O  i2 of biological origin ● O produced by oxygenic photosynthesis reacted with dissolved iron and precipitated out 2  to form banded iron formations ● oldest fossils date back 1.8 billion years 2/8 ● the evolution of eukaryotic cells allowed for a greater range of unicellular forms ● a second wave of diversification occurred when multicellularity evolved and gave rise to  algae, plants, fungi, and animals ● the oldest fossils of algae (etc…) are about 1.2 billion years old ● older fossils dating to 1.8 billion years may also be small, multicellular eukaryotes ● cambrian explosion refers to the sudden appearance of fossils that resemble modern  animal phyla in the cambrian period ● human lineage of tetrapods evolved around 6­7 million years ago and modern humans  originated only 195,000 years ago ● there are a lot of extinct lineages ● according to the theory of plate tectonics, Earth’s crust is composed of plates floating on  the mantle ● tectonic plates move slowly through the process of continental drift ● oceanic and continental plates collide, separate, or slide past each other ● interactions between the plates cause the formation of mountains and islands and  earthquakes ● Formation of the supercontinent Pangea about 250 million years ago had many effects ○ a deepening of ocean basins ○ reduction in shallow water habitat ○ a colder and drier climate inland ● continental drift has many effects on living organisms ○ a continents climate can change as it moves north of south ○ separation of land masses can lead to allopatric speciation ● the distribution of fossils and living groups reflects the historic movement of continents ● most species that have ever lived are now extinct ● extinction can be caused by changes to a species’ environment ● at times, the rate of extinction has increased dramatically and caused a mass extinction ● the big 5 ● 6th mass extinction caused by humans? ● 100 million years to recover from a mass extinction ● adaptive radiation is the rapid evolution of diversely adapted species from a common  ancestor ● adaptive radiations may follow ○ mass extinction ○ evolution of novel characteristics ○ colonization of new regions ● extinction of dinosaurs paved the way for mammals ● adaptive radiations can occur when organisms colonize new environments with little  competition ● hawaiian islands ● studying genetic mechanisms of change can provide insight into large­scale evolutionary change ● EXAM 1: MONDAY 15 FEB 16 ● study ch 22­26  ● mock exam up on wednesday 20 questions ● 50 questions; 50 mins; go with your first instinct 2/10 ● changes in spatial pattern ● homeotic genes determine such basic features as where wings and legs will develop on  a bird or how a flower’s parts are arranged ● substantial evolutionary change can also result from alterations in genes that control the  placement and organization of body parts ● hox genes are a class of homeotic genes ● evolution is not goal oriented­ more like tinkering ● CH 26 ● phylogeny is an evolutionary history of a species or a group of species ● the discipline of systematics classifies organisms and determines their evolutionary  relationships ● taxonomy is the scientific discipline concerned with classifying and naming organisms ● Binomial Nomenclature ● The two­part scientific name of a species is called a binomial ● The first part of the name is the genus ● The second part, called the specific epithet, is unique for each species within the genus ● The first letter of the genus is capitalized, and the entire species name is italicized ● Both parts together name the species (not the specific epithet alone) ● domain, kingdom, phylum, class, order, family ● the evolutionary history of a group of organisms can be represented in a branching  phylogeny tree ● branch point represents the divergence of two species ● sister taxa are groups that share an immediate common ancestor ● humans have no sister taxon ● phylogenetic trees show patterns of descent, not phenotypic similarity 2/12 ● monophyletic group (clade) ● paraphyletic group (same common ancestor, not all species) ● polyphyletic (different common ancestor) ● shared ancestral character is a character that originated in an ancestor of the taxon ● shared derived character is an evolutionary novelty unique to a particular clade ● a character can be both ancestral and derived depending on the context ● outgroup is the first species on the phylogenetic tree ● parsimony­ fewest evolutionary events is the most likely ● likelihood­ genes don't evolve at the same rate  ●


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