Education Technology

NUMB3RS - Season 3 - "Nine Wives" - All in the Family

Published on 10/17/2008

Activity Overview

In "Nine Wives," Millie and Charlie examine a quilt found during an investigation. Millie shows Charlie that the quilt is actually a family tree for Abner Stone's cult. Because this cult is a small group that practices polygamy, it is quite possible that the same person can be both the paternal and maternal grandfather of a person who has unrelated grandmothers. This activity examines the genetic implications of this situation.

Before the Activity

Download the attached PDF and look over the Teacher Page.

During the Activity

Discuss the materials from the Student Page with your class. Share the attached ALLELE calculator program for students to check their work.

After the Activity

Encourage students to explore web sites and questions from the Extensions Page.