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  • BCR-ABL: ABL Kinase Domain

    BCR-ABL: ABL Kinase Domain

    3D Models

    A 3D model of BCR-ABL, an unregulated kinase that causes cancer.

  • Gleevec-resistant BCR-ABL: ABL Kinase Domain

    Gleevec-resistant BCR-ABL: ABL Kinase Domain

    3D Models

    A 3D model of gleevec-resistant BCR-ABL, a mutated form of BCR-ABL.

  • Using p53 to Fight Cancer

    Using p53 to Fight Cancer

    Animations

    (1 min 2 sec) This animation demonstrates how cancerous cells could be destroyed using a modified virus.

  • p53

    p53

    Animations

    (26 sec) A 3D animation showing the molecule p53 binds to DNA and initiates the transcription of mRNA.

  • VEGF

    VEGF

    Animations

    This animation shows how a growing tumor can recruit nearby blood vessels in order to gain a supply of blood.

  • The p53 Gene and Cancer

    The p53 Gene and Cancer

    Click & Learn

    This Click and Learn explains the structure and function of the p53 protein as well as how the protein’s activity is regulated.

  • Gleevec Inhibits Cancer-Causing Kinase BCR-ABL

    Gleevec Inhibits Cancer-Causing Kinase BCR-ABL

    Animations

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

  • How Tumors Grow

    How Tumors Grow

    Animations

    (1 min 12 sec) This animation shows how a tumor forms, recruits blood vessels, and enters metastasis.

  • Gleevec-Resistant Form of Kinase BCR-ABL

    Gleevec-Resistant Form of Kinase BCR-ABL

    Animations

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

  • Role of p53 in the Cell Cycle

    Role of p53 in the Cell Cycle

    Data Points

    This activity analyzes a published scientific figure from a study that investigated the role of p53 in cell cycle regulation.

  • BCR-ABL: Cancer Protein Structure and Function

    BCR-ABL: Cancer Protein Structure and Function

    Click & Learn

    This Click and Learn describes how understanding the structure of the BCR-ABL kinase led to the development of an effective treatment for chronic myeloid leukemia.

  • From Cancer Genomics to Cancer Drugs

    From Cancer Genomics to Cancer Drugs

    Science Talks

    (58 min 46 sec) Genetic data from a large number of tumor types reveal commonly mutated genes and uncover connections between different types of cancer.

  • Mutations in Cancer

    Mutations in Cancer

    Clips

    (8 min 32 sec) This video provides an overview of the types of genes that, when mutated, can lead to the development of cancer.

  • Cell Division and Cancer Risk

    Cell Division and Cancer Risk

    Data Points

    Cancer is typically attributed to hereditary and environmental factors, but these only explain a fraction of overall cancer risk. In this study, researchers investigated how a third factor—chance genetic mutations that occur during stem cell division—may contribute to the overall rate of cancer incidence in different body tissues.

  • Cancer As a Genetic Disease

    Cancer As a Genetic Disease

    Science Talks

    (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.

  • Cancer Cell Invasion

    Cancer Cell Invasion

    Phenomenal Images

    Students explore a photo of tissues and cells as a phenomenon to explore the invasion of cancer cells into muscle tissue.

  • The Eukaryotic Cell Cycle and Cancer

    The Eukaryotic Cell Cycle and Cancer

    Click & Learn

    This interactive module explores the phases, checkpoints, and protein regulators of the cell cycle. The module also shows how mutations in genes that encode cell cycle regulators can lead to the development of cancer.

  • Genomic Medicine, Autism, and Cancer

    Genomic Medicine, Autism, and Cancer

    Science Talks

    (37 min 26 sec) A student discussion with the lecturers of the 2013 Holiday Lectures on Science.

  • DNA Sequence Technology Improves Cancer Treatment

    DNA Sequence Technology Improves Cancer Treatment

    Clips

    (2 min 6 sec) Dr. Charles Sawyers discusses how the identification of most cancer genes could transform cancer into a chronic disease.

  • Cancer and Cell Fate in the Intestinal Epithelium

    Cancer and Cell Fate in the Intestinal Epithelium

    Animations

    (2 min 17 sec) This animation shows how disrupting cellular processes in the intestines can lead to colon cancer.

  • Classifying Cancer Genes and Examining Patient Data

    Classifying Cancer Genes and Examining Patient Data

    Card Activities

    These two hands-on activities engage students in exploring the genetic basis of cancer using cards and posters.

  • Meet Charles Sawyers

    Meet Charles Sawyers

    Clips

    (2 min 27 sec) Dr. Sawyers is an HHMI investigator who has contributed to the development of drugs that target leukemia and prostate cancer. 

  • Efficacy of a Treatment for Chronic Myeloid Leukemia

    Efficacy of a Treatment for Chronic Myeloid Leukemia

    Data Points

    Dr. Brian Druker and colleagues monitored white blood cell counts in six patients with chronic myeloid leukemia treated with the drug, STI571, which blocks the activity of the cancer-causing tyrosine kinase BCR-ABL.

  • Medicine in the Genomic Era

    Medicine in the Genomic Era

    Science Talks

    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.

  • How We Get Our Skin Color Interactive

    How We Get Our Skin Color Interactive

    Interactive Videos

    (3 min 32 sec) This interactive animation about the biology of skin color provides stop points at which students can further explore the material through additional text and illustrations, videos, questions, and simple interactive widgets.

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