Using Molecular and Evolutionary Biology to Understand HIV/AIDS and Treatment

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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.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • 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
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of natural selection, basic cellular and molecular biology, transcription, and translation
Pros

  • Offers multiple extension ideas
  • Includes guided discussion points for many of the questions
Cons

  • None
NGSS