Prions: The Real Zombie-Makers

Zombies eat your brain, and so do prions. The video explains the similarities between zombies and prions. It then focuses on the way prions form, spread, and the dangers associated with them. It concludes with common prion illnesses and how we prevent their spread.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Graph the spread of Kuru
  • Map the spread of mad cow disease
Classroom Considerations
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Pros
  • Provides closed captioning in English, French, German, and Spanish
  • Includes connections to zombies and cannabalism, which is sure to capture the attention of students
Cons
  • None