DNA Responds to Signals from Outside the Cell

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How do cells know when to replicate, transcribe, and stop? James E. Darnell, Jr. shifted from studying medicine to biochemistry and decided to address this mystery. Learn about his research, discoveries, and the impact on future medical advances using an online interactive. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have scholars debate if interferons might be used to treat cancer
  • Connect the concept to growth hormones, adrenaline, and serotonin
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of DNA, hormones, and cells

  • Addresses multiple learning styles
  • Includes many primary sources

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