Genetics and evolution: an iOS application to supplement introductory courses in transmission and evolutionary genetics.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Students in college courses struggle to understand many concepts fundamental to transmission and evolutionary genetics, including multilocus inheritance, recombination, Hardy-Weinberg, and genetic drift. These students consistently ask for more demonstrations and more practice problems. With this demand in mind, the "Genetics and Evolution" app was designed to help students (and their instructors) by providing a suite of tools granting them the ability to: (1) simulate genetic crosses with varying numbers of genes and patterns of inheritance, (2) simulate allele frequency changes under natural selection and/ or genetic drift, (3) quiz themselves to reinforce terminology (customizable by any instructor for their whole classroom), *4) solve various problems (recombination fractions, Hardy-Weinberg, heritability, population growth), and (5) generate literally an infinite number of practice problems in all of these areas to try on their own. Although some of these functions are available elsewhere, the alternatives do not have the ability to instantly generate new practice problems or achieve these diverse functions in devices that students carry in their pockets every day.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Myers, RB; Millman, B; Noor, MAF

Published Date

  • April 11, 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 4 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 779 - 781

PubMed ID

  • 24727286

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4025476

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2160-1836

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2160-1836

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1534/g3.114.010215


  • eng