How Long Will You Live?

Cells only divide a specific number of times before they die at the end of the division cycle. This molecular clock is the culprit of aging. A video explores the concept with a trip to New York to discuss the phenomenon with a leading scientist in the field. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Incorporate as an introduction to a unit on cell division
  • Ask groups to choose a scientific aspect of aging to research and present to the class
Classroom Considerations

  • Expects a basic understanding of the purpose of cell division

  • Uses humor to add interest to the presentation
  • Includes links to additional resources on the concept

  • None