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Students explore how proten biotechnologies can be used to diagnose infectious disease specifically how ELISA uses immunological principles as well as enzymes to diagnose patients, and with specifics with HIV. They perform a successful ELISA to diagnose a potentially HIV positive patient and explore and practice using a lab notebook to record results.
Students comprehend how biotechnology can be used to diagnose infectious disease such as protein technologies vs. DNA technologies. They comprehend procedure and uses of PCR, Western Blot, and ELISA as diagnostic tools. Students know how to keep a "messy" lab notebook and revisit immunological principles/applications in biotechnology.
Students explore and explain the role of vaccines in infectious disease, They emphasize immunological principles and viral/bacterial infection processes. Students explore the three main vaccine types: DNA vaccines ("gene gun"), Recombinant vaccines, and live vector vaccines (AIDS, employs viruses).
Students perform an experiment to demonstrate the principles of antibody-antigen binding, the secondary immune response, cross reactivity, and complement fixation. The materials to be used include antibodies from a rabbit that was injected once with red cells from a sheep and also one that was injected three times with the red cells from a sheep.
This is a great summary of the complete immune system at the cellular level. It is a complicated topic with many new terms, so snippets of this video could be used as introductions to lessons, or the whole thing could help wrap up the topic as review. Some important points about the correct terminology and usage are given.
How has Magic Johnson managed to stay so healthy, despite being HIV-positive for over 20 years? If you have ever taught about HIV and AIDS, you have most likely been asked such a question. By examining a case study and role-playing as different interested parties, your upper-level biologists will examine various sides in a fascinating example of a successful treatment of HIV.
It's a waterfall of information on body systems; it just keeps coming! You will find 54 slides on the immune system, 17 on the reproductive system, 24 on the circulatory and respiratory systems, and 15 on the digestive system. Be warned that some of the photographs are graphic: a picture of an arthritis-ravaged hand, an ovary releasing an ovum, spina bifida, and the hand of a highly malnourished child to name a few. If your biologists are mature enough, this is a practical, yet poignant presentation.