This Using Molecular and Evolutionary Biology to Understand HIV/AIDS and Treatment lesson plan also includes:
HIV mutates rapidly, making treatments challenging to find. Scholars learn about why it mutates so quickly and how scientists race to find treatments. The resource approaches the issue from both a molecular and evolutionary perspective as pupils answer guided questions and discuss in both small and large groups.
- Prior to using the lesson, review gene coding for proteins and the frequency of alleles
- Use the additional student worksheets, found in the teacher notes, to teach about helper T cells
- Relies on prior knowledge of natural selection, basic cellular and molecular biology, transcription, and translation
- Offers multiple extension ideas
- Includes guided discussion points for many of the questions