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1 January 2017 The Poisson Distribution in Biology Instruction
Robert T. Grammer
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The Poisson distribution played a key role in experiments that had a historic role in the development of molecular biology. In particular, the interpretation and design of experiments elucidating the actions of bacteriophages and their host bacteria during the infection process were based on the parameters of the Poisson distribution. I briefly review three of the most important of these experiments and offer suggestions on the use of the Poisson distribution in statistical calculations in biology laboratory exercises reflecting the use of the Poisson distribution in current biological investigations.

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Robert T. Grammer "The Poisson Distribution in Biology Instruction," The American Biology Teacher 79(1), 10-13, (1 January 2017). https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2017.79.1.10
Published: 1 January 2017
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