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The use of mathematics to investigate life science related problems

Biostatistics is a field of science that uses mathematics to investigate a number of life science related problems, including those pertaining to genetics, medicine, biology, agriculture, and environmental health.  Biostatistics uses algorithms, graphical tools, and statistical models and methods for a variety of applications, including the analysis of DNA sequence data and clinical trial results.

Materials for Biostatistics



Description: Information on how biostatistics are used in healthcare

Statistics and Public Health at CDC

Description: Information on the use of statistics in the assessment of public health related issues

Interactive Tutorials

Population Genetics and Evolution

Description: Information and practice problems on allelic frequency and the Hardy-Weinberg Law of Genetic Equilibrium

Labs & Experiments

Genetics of Organisms

Description: A virtual lab that uses fruit flies, mono- and dihybrid crosses, and statistics to teach concepts of inheritance

Teacher Resources

Iceland’s Genetic Database: Good or Bad Idea? (PDF 28.17 KB, Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: This lesson examines issues stemming from genetic databanks and population genetics studies.

Mendelian Genetics, Probability, Pedigree, and Chi-Square Statistics (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: A lesson that requires students to work through a series of questions pertaining to the genetics of sickle cell disease and its relationship to malaria. These questions will probe students' understanding of Mendelian genetics, probability, pedigree analysis, and chi-square statistics.

Scitable Faculty Resources

Description: The Scitable faculty resource pages include a tool for creating virtual classrooms, the Scitable Faculty Discussion Group, and a variety of instructive courses for educators

Statistics Education Web (STEW)

Description: Statistics Education Web (STEW) Lesson plans on statistics for K-12 math and science teachers

Statistics Education Webinars

Description: Statistics webinars for math and science teachers

The Probabilities of Problems: A Look at Inheritance (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: Students learn how to calculate the the probabilities of passing on certain genetic disorders and then evaluate case studies involving genetic testing.