KS.3. Life Science: The student will develop an understanding of the cell, molecular basis of heredity, biological evolution, interdependence of organisms, matter, energy, and organization in living systems, and the behavior of organisms.
3.1. The student will demonstrate an understanding of the structure and function of the cell.
3.1.3. The student understands cells function and replicate as a result of information stored in DNA and RNA molecules.
3.2. The student will demonstrate an understanding of chromosomes, genes, and the molecular basis of heredity.
3.2.1. The student understands living organisms contain DNA or RNA as their genetic material, which provides the instructions that specify the characteristics of organisms.
3.2.2. The student understands organisms usually have a characteristic number of chromosomes; one pair of these may determine the sex of individuals.
3.2.3. The student understands hereditary information is contained in genes, located in the chromosomes of each cell.
3.2.5. The student understands expressed mutations occur in DNA at very low rates.