HIV Protease Inhibitors

How do doctors fight a virus that's constantly mutating? Show science scholars how we fight HIV using one of its own most fundamental processes through a thoughtful demonstration. The lesson focuses on how protease inhibitors prevent HIV from creating mature viral particles. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Plan time following the lesson to explore the variety of HIV drugs prescribed to patients aside from protease inhibitors
  • Take a closer look at the gag, pol, and env genes found in all retroviruses with an interactive tutorial
Classroom Considerations
  • The lesson's content makes it more suitable for honors or AP Biology classes
  • Plan thirty minutes to prepare the demonstration materials the first time you present the lesson
  • Demonstration makes a very technical topic much more user-friendly
  • Lesson plan is well-written and contains good strategies for ensuring student mastery of the topic
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