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  • Sickle Cell Anemia

    Sickle Cell Anemia

    Animation

    (1 min) Sickle cell anemia is a genetic disease that affects hemoglobin.

  • Teacher Guide: Holiday Lectures on Science - 1998

    Teacher Guide: Holiday Lectures on Science - 1998

    Teacher Guide

    A guide written for teachers to accompany the 1998 Holiday Lectures on Science.

  • Cardiology Virtual Lab

    Cardiology Virtual Lab

    Virtual Lab

    NEW! HTML 5 support added! This virtual lab will familiarize you with heritable diseases of the heart. Learn about the diagnostic tools used to examine and diagnose patients.

  • The Kidney's Tale: Of Salt and Hypertension

    The Kidney's Tale: Of Salt and Hypertension

    Lecture

    (1 hr 3 sec) Molecular genetic approaches have identified genes that, when mutated, cause either increased or decreased blood pressure.

  • Heartbreak: Of Mutations and Maladies

    Heartbreak: Of Mutations and Maladies

    Lecture

    (58 min 28 sec) Although heart disease typically occurs after middle age, seemingly fit and healthy young individuals can die suddenly from unrecognized heart disease.

  • Telltale Genes: Charting Human Disease

    Telltale Genes: Charting Human Disease

    Lecture

    (59 min 40 sec) The discovery of DNA as the basis of heredity led to an explosive growth of knowledge about the human genome and allowed the identification of genes that predispose people to different diseases.

  • Brave Heart: Circle of Life

    Brave Heart: Circle of Life

    Lecture

    (59 min 29 sec) The heart acts as a dual pump, sending oxygen-depleted blood to the lungs to be reinvigorated and pumping oxygen-rich blood to vital organs throughout the body.

  • Of Hearts and Hypertension: Blazing Genetic Trails

    Of Hearts and Hypertension: Blazing Genetic Trails

    Lecture

    In four lectures, Richard P. Lifton, MD, PhD, and Christine E. Seidman, MD, discuss their groundbreaking work in using genetic and molecular approaches to understand cardiovascular diseases.

  • Kidney Function

    Kidney Function

    Clip

    (4 min 30 sec) Dr. Richard Lifton, along with student volunteers, uses an aquarium and salt to illustrate the amount of work the kidney performs each day to maintain proper levels of ions in the body.

  • Echocardiogram

    Echocardiogram

    Clip

    (4 min 45 sec) Dr. Christine Seidman describes a live demonstration of an echocardiogram, with a description of the parts of the heart that are visualized.

  • Heart Function

    Heart Function

    Animation

    (33 sec) The job of the human heart—in fact of all vertebrate hearts—is to pump oxygenated blood throughout the cells of the body and to return deoxygenated blood to lungs or gills for replenishment.

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