HIV life cycle

This is part of: AIDS: Evolution of an Epidemic

Summary

How HIV infects a cell and replicates itself using reverse transcriptase and the host's cellular machinery.

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(Duration: 04 min 52 sec)
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Tips From Teachers

“I use this HHMI animation in my Intro Biology class at Camden County College after discussing viral structure and life cycles. I break the class into groups of 4 students each. Students are then asked to watch the animation, take notes, and work together to come up with four possible drug mechanisms for stopping the virus from infecting other cells. In other words, I am asking them to think like drug development scientists who, by understanding the virus' life cycle, can develop strategies to interfere with that cycle. I give the students 15 minutes and then I choose one student from each group to present their ideas. ” -- Gerald Moss, Camden County College, NJ

Curriculum Connections:

  • NGSS (2013) LS - 1
  • AP Biology (2012-2013) - 13
  • IB Biology (2016) - 5
NGSS (2013) LS
HS-LS1-1 (LS1.A)
AP Biology (2012-2013)
2.D.3.a, 2.D.4.a, 2.D.4.b, 2.E.1.c, 3.C.3.a, 3.C.3.b, 3.D.1.a, 3.D.1.d, 3.D.2.a, 3.D.3.a, 3.D.3.b, 3.D.4.a, 4.C.1.a
IB Biology (2016)
1.4, 6.3, 11.1, A.5, D.5