Where did the new coronavirus come from?

Type of Resource



In this analysis and discussion activity, students explore the main hypotheses about the origins of the new coronavirus that is causing the current pandemic. Students learn how mutations, natural selection, and contact between species can work together to produce a spillover infection. They analyze how a previous coronavirus spillover infection caused an earlier outbreak of human infectious disease. Molecular evidence is presented for students to evaluate the hypothesis that genetic engineering

Performance Expectations

HS-LS4-4   Construct an explanation based on evidence for how natural selection leads to adaptation of populations.