Sickle Cell Anemia

The most common blood disorder in the United States, sickle cell impacts more than 70,000 Americans. Understanding the genetic coding that leads to this disease might one day help scientists prevent it altogether. Using a promising lesson, scholars view the gene sequence change and observe an animation of the body's reaction to it to better understand sickle cell anemia.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Invite a doctor or someone who has sickle cell to discuss what life is like with this illness
Classroom Considerations
  • Relies on prior knowledge of DNA and gene sequencing
  • Allows downloading in large or small format depending on how instructors display the video
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Works well in traditional or flipped classes
  • Introduces the topic in an easy-to-understand format
Cons
  • None