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B9 Syllabus Statements & overview

All of B9 Revision notes in downloadable word format and here are key terms and some definitions: Key Terms B9

GCSE Bitesize more-or-less covers all of Variation, Inheritance & Evolution in 15m.

For self-assessment questions, with exercises and discussions, just click on the correct topic at Biology GCSE & IGCSE Question Bank. A powerpoint can be downloaded from the same site here. The s-cool revision site lets you revise the topic, summarizes the topic & tests you on it. GCSE Bitesize has revision pages (that take you through the topic), a test and an activity.

Here’s Penguins in peril: Inheritance – know your genetic jargon & ratios:

Play this game on the what2learn site

This is a great power-point that covers most of this topic, although we don’t need to know about co-dominance or pedigree charts:

B9.3 Monohybrid Inheritance (Genetics)

A short, simple explanation of Gregor Mendel’s work and simple gentetic crosses:

GCSE Bitesize – Inheritance, a tutorial (4m 46s):

B9.3 Revision notes in downloadable word document

BBC Short Circuit Genetics – a 19m video.


IGCSE Biology: Coursebook, chapter 14, p. 199 & pp.201 – 204

Here are some videos about genetic diseases: Sam’s story (cystic fibrosis) & CF short movie; sickle cell anaemia; what is Huntington’s disease?

B9.4 Variation & Selection

The Evolution of Life on Earth in 24 hours:

What is Evolution? A 9m video from Stated Clearly:

What is Natural Selection? A 9m video from Stated Clearly:

How evolution works – a gentle 12m cartoon video (from Kurz Gesagt – in a nutshell) and here is Natural Selection made easy in a 9m 48s video (from potholer54).

B9.4 Revision notes in downloadable word format.

A simulation of Natural Selection:

Natural Selection

Click to Run


Here’s Darwin’s Song from Horrible Histories and in What is Evolution? Biology teacher Ceri Evans gives a master class to students on what he says is arguably the greatest idea anybody ever had: evolution (28 mins). 2 more videos – James May’s things you need to know – Evolution (29m) & BBC Short Circuit Theory of Evolution (19m).

This powerpoint covers Artificial Selection (selective breeding) – but we only need the first five slides:

Finally, a short (less than 5 minute) video clip from BBC iScience – Evolution of the Eye.


IGCSE Biology: Coursebook, chapter 14, pp. 204 – 210 & 213 – 214

3.4 Inheritance

IB Biology 3.4 inheritance from Bob Smullen

A short, simple explanation of Mendel’s work:

Mr Andersen talks you through Genetics:

And here Paul Andersen introduces A Beginner’s Guide to Punnett Squares in a 12m 15s tutorial. He also gives examples of monohybrid crosses and one example of a dihybrid cross (which we don’t need to know for SL).

An animated, narrated tutorial on Mendel’s experiments &  genetic crosses from Sinauer Associates.
In Crash Course Biology #9 – Heredity, Hank and his brother John discuss heredity via the gross example of relative ear wax moistness.

Inheritance of blood types:

3.5 Genetic Modification & Biotechnology

IB Biology 3.5 genetic modifcation and biotechnology from Bob Smullen

An animated, narrated tutorial on Gel Electrophoresis which also includes a quiz (from Sinauer Associates); and here is a video tutorial from Stephanie Castle:

For Gel Electrophoresis & DNA profiling – click on ‘Restriction Digestion & Gel Electrophoresis’ to see an Interactive Animation from Wiley or here for fantastic animated tutorials from McGraw Hill Education – DNA fingerprinting & Restriction fragment length polymorphisms (RFLPs) or how about a 5m27s lesson from Naked Science Scrapbook: how does DNA fingerprinting (DNA profiling) work?. Or, finally, Paul Andersen describes the process of DNA Fingerprinting and DNA profiling.

How to set up and run a Gel electrophoresis (for DNA profiling):

For Gene Transfers (genetic modification) see these fantastic animated tutorials from McGraw Hill Education – Restriction Endonucleases, steps in Cloning a gene & construction of a Plasmid vector or click on ‘Cloning’ to see an Interactive Animation from Wiley.

An animated, narrated tutorial on human embryonic stem cells (from Sinauer Associates).

Some excellent interactive animations & tutorials on Stem Cells, Gene Therapy or Cloning just click on Genetic Technology at the bottom of this page or for DNA extraction, Gel electrophoresis, PCR & DNA microarrays just click on Virtual Labs.