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  • Cancer As a Genetic Disease

    Cancer As a Genetic Disease

    Lecture

    (58 min 33 sec) Understanding that cancer is caused by mutations in genes that regulate cell proliferation has led to the development of targeted drug therapies.

  • Sizing Up the Brain Gene By Gene

    Sizing Up the Brain Gene By Gene

    Lecture

    (59 min 32 sec) Recent advances in DNA sequencing technology have led to a better understanding of the many genes that play a role in brain development.

  • Gleevec-Resistant Form of Kinase BCR-ABL

    Gleevec-Resistant Form of Kinase BCR-ABL

    Animation

    (2 min 14 sec) Mutations in the BCR-ABL gene can cause resistance to Gleevec, but another drug, dasatinib, can be used instead.

  • Gleevec Inhibits Cancer-Causing Kinase BCR-ABL

    Gleevec Inhibits Cancer-Causing Kinase BCR-ABL

    Animation

    (3 min 31 sec) The drug Gleevec binds to and inactivates BCR-ABL, a mutant kinase that causes chronic myeloid leukemia. 

  • Genetic Mutations and Disease

    Genetic Mutations and Disease

    Poster

    The poster for the 2013 Holiday Lectures on Science, Medicine in the Genomic Era, illustrates the difference between germline and somatic cell mutations.

  • Medicine in the Genomic Era

    Medicine in the Genomic Era

    Lecture

    In the 2013 Holiday Lectures on Science, leading medical researchers explain how advances in genomics are revolutionizing their work, leading to a better understanding of disease and to improved treatments.

  • Teacher Guide: Gene Regulation

    Teacher Guide: Gene Regulation

    Teacher Guide

    Topics include: Gene regulation mechanisms and examples, gene regulation and human disease, and RNA interference.

  • Testing a Hypothesis

    Testing a Hypothesis

    Activity

    A worksheet designed to actively engage students as they watch the film. Students are asked to answer questions pertaining to the information provided in the film.

  • The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection in Humans

    The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection in Humans

    Short Film

    (14 min 3 sec) In some parts of the world, there is an intimate connection between the infectious parasitic disease malaria and the genetic disease sickle cell anemia. Also available in Spanish

  • How Do Fibers Form?

    How Do Fibers Form?

    Activity

    A hands-on activity in which students construct models of sickle-cell hemoglobin fibers inside red blood cells to illustrate how changes in the structure of a protein can affect cell shape. Students are then asked to relate these changes to disease symptoms. Also available in Spanish.

  • Film Guides: Natural Selection in Humans

    Film Guides: Natural Selection in Humans

    Film Guide

    The following classroom-ready resources complement The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection in Humans, which describes the connection between malaria and sickle cell anemia—one of the best-understood examples of natural selection in humans. Also available in Spanish.

  • The Molecular Evolution of Gene Birth and Death

    The Molecular Evolution of Gene Birth and Death

    Activity

    An advanced lesson that describes the role of mutations in the birth and death of genes. It includes background information, examples, video clips, and animations.

  • Origin of HIV

    Origin of HIV

    Clip

    (5 min 32 sec) Dr. Beatrice Hahn's research has traced the origin of HIV to chimpanzees in Cameroon.

  • Exploring Obesity: From the Depths of the Brain to the Far Pacific

    Exploring Obesity: From the Depths of the Brain to the Far Pacific

    Lecture

    (58 min 29 sec) Dr. Friedman shows how leptin rewires neural circuits, and how population studies may identify obesity genes.

  • Deconstructing Obesity

    Deconstructing Obesity

    Lecture

    (58 min 20 sec) Dr. Friedman introduces the genes and circuits that control appetite, including the key role of leptin.

  • Classroom Activities: Pedigree Analysis Activity

    Classroom Activities: Pedigree Analysis Activity

    Activity

    To accompany the lecture series Learning from Patients: The Science of Medicine.

  • The Strength of Families: Solving Rett Syndrome

    The Strength of Families: Solving Rett Syndrome

    Lecture

    (58 min 32 sec) Girls with Rett syndrome develop normally for about 18 months and then begin to regress. With the help of affected girls and their families, Dr. Zoghbi and her collaborators searched for the gene responsible for this neurological disorder.

  • A Healthy Nervous System: A Delicate Balance

    A Healthy Nervous System: A Delicate Balance

    Lecture

    (58 min 32 sec) Mutations in key genes can lay waste to the nervous system. By studying large families predisposed to developing these genetic disorders, scientists can identify the responsible altered gene.

  • Chaos to Cure: Bringing Basic Research to Patients

    Chaos to Cure: Bringing Basic Research to Patients

    Lecture

    (58 min 32 sec) The identification of hundreds of genes involved in the formation and spread of cancer is leading to promising new methods for diagnosis, prevention, and treatment.

  • Research Mechanics: Putting the Brakes on Cancer

    Research Mechanics: Putting the Brakes on Cancer

    Lecture

    (58 min 32 sec) Although there are numerous kinds of cancer, all stem from alterations that allow cell division to outstrip cell demise.

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