Challenge Team Interim Report
Team Number: 011
School Name: Bernalillo High School
Area of Science: Biology
Project Title: DNA Diversity
Start off with a population of individuals containing all these genes. Simulate reproduction, with half of the genes coming from each parent. Every few hundred generations, throw in a disaster that only one (dominant) gene can save an individual from. Some of the disaster-averting genes may be recessives, which would mean it would take 2 of them to save the creature from the disaster. Now, if the population is small, some of these genes may get lost entirely after a few generations. If the genes are not present to defend against a disaster, the entire population might die. By simulating many generations and disasters over time, you could determine how large a population needs to be or avert catastrophe through genetic loss. Remember, a disaster reduces the population and genetic diversity, so you need to have a larger size so that genes can survive catastrophe.
For all of our team members to gain knowledge of DNA and Genetics, also how supercomputers run programs through a lot of data. This will further our knowledge in computer skills and problem solving.