Using p53 to Fight Cancer

Curing cancer with ... another virus? Chemotherapy and radiation are not the only ways to treat cancer. Now, there is a unique treatment involving infecting cells with viruses. Viewers discover why the innovative treatment does not affect normal cells, while it destroys cancer cells.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Introduce pupils to the viral effects on cells with a unique example of viral infection
  • Extend learning about regulatory genes, such as p53
  • Identify alternative cancer treatments
Classroom Considerations

  • Expects scholars have knowledge of p53 and its role in cells
Pros

  • Interesting topic involving cancer research
  • Descriptive graphics provide a good representation of what is happening in the cell
Cons


Common Core

NGSS