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Ethics in Synthetic Biology
15 Aug 2019 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Lisa Scheifele
Loyola University Maryland
This collection of four activities provide students with an introduction to thinking about ethical concerns in human genome synthesis, gene editing, metabolic engineering, and synthetic genomes.
Should we synthesize a human genome?
Two articles introducing the Human Genome Project-Write and asking questions about the ethics of the project.
Ethics of Metabolic engineering
This is an ethical reflection for students on an issue in metabolic engineering and the potential for "home-brew" morphine. The case study asks students to reflect on material in the linked...
Ethics in synthetic genomics
This is an ethical reflection for students on an issue in genome engineering and the synthesis of potentially infectious viruses. The case study asks students to reflect on material in the linked...
Ethics of Gene Editing
This is an ethical reflection for students on an issue in gene editing. The case study asks students to reflect on material in the two linked articles. Also included is the grading rubric.
Using Synthetic Biology to Teach Data Science
05 Aug 2019 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Margaret S Saha1, Beteel Abu-Ageel1, Sanjana Challa1, Xiangyi Fang1, Chai Hibbert1, Anna Isler1, Elias Nafziger1, Adam Oliver1, Hanqiu Peng1, Julia Urban1, Vivian Zhu1
College of William and Mary
Poster and supplemental materials on using synthetic biology to introduce students to meaningful data mining, analysis, and application to engineering novel biological constructs.
30 Jul 2019 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
Malawian Aquaculture Pond Ecosystem Challenge
24 Jul 2019 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Jessica Coyle
This case study challenges students to design a pond that will provide supplemental food security to a rural Malawian village. In the process they apply concepts of primary and secondary...
Aquatic Nutrient Levels and Climate Change
16 Jul 2019 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Elli Bosch1, Kaycee Faunce1, Amanda Thompson
Virginia Commonwealth University
This learning module was designed to introduce students to the aquatic nutrients nitrogen and phosphorus, their roles in ecosystem function and nutrient pollution, and what impacts climate change...
Optimal Foraging in Swirl
15 Jul 2019 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Mary Elizabeth McWhirt1, Emily Weigel1
Georgia Institute of Technology
This lesson centers around the marginal value theorem (MVT, Charnov 1976), which describes how animals should forage in patches. It serves as a pre-lab to teach MVT basics, vectors, ANOVA, and...
Examining human impacts on tusk evolution in elephants using authentic research data using Serenity
13 Jul 2019 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Kaitlin Bonner
St. John Fisher College
In this activity students explore and analyze real, authentic research data paired with HHMI’s “Selection for Tuskless Elephants” video in a hands-on investigation of human impacts on elephant...
Striped Bass: A Regulatory Success Story
12 Jul 2019 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By J. Alexander McCrickard1, Angela Hanretty1, Amanda Thompson1
This module examines the Maryland striped bass moratorium (1985-1989) as a fisheries management success story. Maryland DNR striped bass young of the year data is utilized for least squares linear...
Quantifying The Drivers and Impacts of Natural Disturbance Events – The 2013 Colorado Floods
By Heather Susanne Zimbler-DeLorenzo
This lesson focuses on ways that scientists identify and use data to understand ecological disturbance events using data from five public datasets. The main lesson focused on interpretation of...
Regulación de expresión génica y adipogénesis por PPAR-γ
09 Jul 2019 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Juan Sebastián Ramírez-Lugo
University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras
En ésta actividad de dibujo / coloreado los estudiantes aprenderán sobre los diferentes componentes involucrados en la regulación de la activación de PPAR-γ, un factor de transcripción que juega un...
Cells of the Immune System
01 Jul 2019 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By HHMI BioInteractive
This tutorial provides an overview of the immune system, concentrating on the roles played by B and T lymphocytes, and on the antigen-presentation system.
Targeting Infected Cells for Immune Defense
This animation shows how a cell infected by a virus signals cytotoxic T cells to destroy itself.
The p53 Gene and Cancer
This tutorial describes the structure and function of the p53 protein, how its activity is regulated in cells, and how mutant versions of p53 can lead to cancer.
Cystic Fibrosis Mechanism and Treatment
This animation shows how mutations in an ion channel protein lead to the genetic disease cystic fibrosis. The animation also discusses how research on this protein has been used to develop...
Sex Verification Testing of Athletes
This interactive module explores the biology of sex determination and development in humans, set against the backdrop of the different sex testing policies implemented throughout sports history.
The Biology of Skin Color
This film explores the hypothesis that different tones of skin color in humans arose as adaptations to the intensity of ultraviolet radiation in different parts of the world.