Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year.
As part of your AP Biology course, you’ll read, comment, and participate in a community moderated by me, your Biology teacher. This virtual community–which exists since early 2013–has a very important mission: the development of scientific literacy, via the proper use of the Internet.
Hydrothermal vents near the Galápagos, via Getty Images & NYT
Given that this is a blog for a Biology course, and this is the first blog post of the school year, I’ve decided to share with you the following New York Times article: Meet Luca, the Ancestor of All Living Things. A brief excerpt from the piece is posted below:
“Deep sea vents are surrounded by exotic life-forms and, with their extreme chemistry, have long seemed places where life might have originated. The 355 genes ascribable to Luca include some that metabolize hydrogen as a source of energy as well as a gene for an enzyme called reverse gyrase, found only in microbes that live at extremely high temperatures”
– Read the NYT article.
– Access your Edline page and read the rubric posted in the Assignment folder.
– Write your first intervention in this community (i.e. comment), following the guidelines of the aforementioned rubric .