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Bloodline: A Human Genetics Case

Bloodline: A Human Genetics Case

In this "clicker" case, based on a TV drama about a family ... (more)

In this "clicker" case, based on a TV drama about a family secret that only knowledge of genetics can solve, students apply what they have read and heard about genetic diseases to determine familial relationships and predict the chance that a family member has inherited a genetic condition. The case is designed for use in a one-semester introductory biology course taken primarily by freshmen and sophomores to fulfill a general education requirement, but it could be used in any introductory biology course to help students understand and practice applying concepts related to human genetics. In addition, the case could be expanded or modified for use in a genetics or anatomy and physiology class in which human genetics and pedigrees are taught. The case is presented in class using a PowerPoint presentation (~1MB) punctuated by questions that students respond using "clickers" before moving on to the next slide. It could be adapted for use without these technologies. (less)

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Author:
Peggy Brickman
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Brain vs. Spinal Cord: A Directed Case Study in CNS Injury

Brain vs. Spinal Cord: A Directed Case Study in CNS Injury

In this case study, students read about the injuries sustained by a ... (more)

In this case study, students read about the injuries sustained by a young man hurt in a serious diving accident. To solve the case, they must determine the type of central nervous system injury described using their knowledge of the differences between symptoms and signs of brain and spinal cord injury. The case was developed for upper-level neuroscience courses and rehabilitation courses that cover the neuroanatomy of the central nervous system and the symptoms of different types of central nervous system injury. (less)

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Author:
Patrick R. Field
Thomas A. Cappaert
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Breast Cancer Risk: Using Real Medical Histories to Rank Genetic and Environmental Influences

Breast Cancer Risk: Using Real Medical Histories to Rank Genetic and Environmental Influences

This case study takes a combined directed and discussion approach to explore ... (more)

This case study takes a combined directed and discussion approach to explore risk factors for breast cancer. After a preparatory reading assignment, students assess various medical histories derived from actual women with breast cancer and rank their overall risk for breast cancer and make recommendations for risk reduction. The task is complicated by the different and often combined sources of risk (e.g., reproductive history, hormone replacement therapy and family history). Originally written for an introductory biology course, the case study could easily be adapted for upper division curses in genetics, physiology, or biochemistry to explore the biological and biochemical basis underlying various risk factors. (less)

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Author:
Karen Peterson
Mich�le Shuster
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Breathing Easy About New Air Pollution Standards

Breathing Easy About New Air Pollution Standards

A town meeting is the backdrop for a role-playing case about ground-level ... (more)

A town meeting is the backdrop for a role-playing case about ground-level ozone air pollution. The case consists of a flier and scripts drawn from public comment records on the government mandate to reduce ground-level ozone by limiting nitrogen oxide emissions. Students play the parts of stakeholders and develop recommendations for reducing emissions. (less)

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Kathryn L. Rowberg
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Bringing Back Baby Jason: To Clone or Not to Clone

Bringing Back Baby Jason: To Clone or Not to Clone

This dilemma case, designed for use in an undergraduate genetics course, explores ... (more)

This dilemma case, designed for use in an undergraduate genetics course, explores the basic genetic concepts underlying the cloning process as well as the ethical, medical, political, economic, and religious issues surrounding human cloning. While the case presents a fictitious scenario, it is based on the story of Charleston attorney and former state delegate Mark Hunt and his wife Tracey, who privately funded human cloning after the death of their infant son Andrew. (less)

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Author:
Jennifer Hayes-Klosteridis
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Burning Down the House: A Case Study in Forensic Instrumental Analysis

Burning Down the House: A Case Study in Forensic Instrumental Analysis

In this lab-based case, arson investigator "Marie Stanforth" comes under suspicion when ... (more)

In this lab-based case, arson investigator "Marie Stanforth" comes under suspicion when her ex-husband dies in a fire. Students assume the role of forensic chemists working for the FBI to analyze charred samples recovered from the crime scene as well as clothing from the principal suspect, comparing what they find in the samples to accelerant standards whose spectra are already known. Once they have determined whether or not the fire was arson, they must then decide if the allegations against Marie are credible. This case study was designed for an instrumental methods course, but could be adapted for a non-science majors' course. (less)

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Author:
Adam M. Boyd
Randolph K. Larsen, III
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But I'm Too Young!: A Case Study of Ovarian Cancer

But I'm Too Young!: A Case Study of Ovarian Cancer

In this "clicker case," students are introduced to Abby, a college student ... (more)

In this "clicker case," students are introduced to Abby, a college student who has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. As they follow Abby's plight, students learn about basic cellular and genetic mechanisms that are responsible for cancer formation, gaining a general understanding of how cells become cancerous through genetic mutations, how cancers can spread throughout the body by metastasizing, and how modern medicine is currently treating patients diagnosed with cancer through surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Developed for use in a large introductory biology course, the case consists of a PowerPoint (~2MB) presented in class that is punctuated by multiple-choice questions the students answer using "clickers." The case can be adapted for use without these technologies. (less)

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Bruno Borsari
Nancy A. Rice
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But It's Just a Bottle of Water

But It's Just a Bottle of Water

Bottled water, popular among students, is big business even though issues surrounding ... (more)

Bottled water, popular among students, is big business even though issues surrounding it related to health and safety as well as its environmental impact have stirred up controversy. Designed for an introductory non-majors environmental science course, this discussion/dilemma case explores the environmental effects associated with the production, consumption, and recycling of bottled water while touching on health and safety issues. Students also learn about government regulations regarding the extraction of ground water and labeling of bottled water; recycling laws and how states circumvent the recycling process; and the economic and ecological costs of drinking bottled water. (less)

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Author:
Charles R. Bomar
Jessica Kotke
Lindsey May
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The Campus Coffee Shop: Caffeine Conundrums

The Campus Coffee Shop: Caffeine Conundrums

Since caffeine is a widely used substance, especially by college age students, ... (more)

Since caffeine is a widely used substance, especially by college age students, this case on the effects of caffeine on the human body serves as a real-world connection to many students' lives. The case is divided into sections covering background information on caffeine, cell biology and signal transduction, Parkinson's disease, cardiovascular effects, and addiction/withdrawal. The case was designed so that a section can be used alone or in combination with other sections, as dictated by topic/curriculum needs. It would be appropriate for use in a variety of science and health related courses, including anatomy and physiology, disease related courses, genetics, cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and neuroscience. (less)

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Author:
Andrea Novicki
Brian Rybarczyk
Wendy Heck-Grillo
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Can Suminoe Oysters Save Chesapeake Bay?

Can Suminoe Oysters Save Chesapeake Bay?

This dilemma case explores the controversy over introducing non-native oysters to the ... (more)

This dilemma case explores the controversy over introducing non-native oysters to the Chesapeake Bay as a means of improving its ecological and economic health. Developed for use in an interdisciplinary doctoral program in energy and environmental studies, it could be adapted for undergraduate courses ranging from ecology and biology to political science and geography. The case introduces students to the various stakeholders and their positions from the point of view of a senator who must cast the deciding vote on whether or not to introduce Suminoe oysters (Crassostrea ariakensis) into the bay. Students read the case, then work in small groups to develop a stakeholder position, which they later role-play in class in a simulated public hearing. (less)

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Author:
Valerie Nieman
Zhi-Jun Liu
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Can a Genetic Disease Be Cured?: A Mother's Dilemma

Can a Genetic Disease Be Cured?: A Mother's Dilemma

In this discussion case, parents must decide whether or not to enroll ... (more)

In this discussion case, parents must decide whether or not to enroll their sons in an experimental treatment program designed to alleviate the symptoms of muscular dystrophy. The case explores the genetics and physiology of the disease as well as the issues involved with pharmaceutical research. The case has been used in both majors' and non-majors' biology courses, where it is introduced during a unit on the cardiovascular and muscular systems. (less)

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Michael S. Hudecki
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Cancel the Cardinals Home Opener?!?: Lessons in Melting and Evaporation

Cancel the Cardinals Home Opener?!?: Lessons in Melting and Evaporation

The St. Louis Cardinals are scheduled to play their home opener the ... (more)

The St. Louis Cardinals are scheduled to play their home opener the next day and Megan Riley, a young meteorologist who works for a private weather consulting firm, is responsible for developing the weather forecast. It's starting to look like she may need to change her current forecast for rain to snow. Students work in small groups to analyze information presented in each part of this multi-part dilemma case and, along the way, are asked to update their forecast: keep it as rain, or revise it to snow. The case has been used both in an introductory meteorology course and in a capstone course for seniors in atmospheric science. (less)

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Patrick S. Market
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Cancer Cure or Conservation: A Question of Health for Humans and the Ecosystem

Cancer Cure or Conservation: A Question of Health for Humans and the Ecosystem

This case is based on the controversy that surrounded harvesting of the ... (more)

This case is based on the controversy that surrounded harvesting of the Pacific yew from 1989 to 1997 to develop paclitaxel (Taxol), a revolutionary anti-cancer drug. The case was designed to expose students to basic conservation biology concepts by examining competing needs among scientists and other stakeholders in a real-life science-and-society scenario. Developed for a undergraduate introductory biology course for non-majors, the case could also be used in an environmental science course or in a course on the impact of science and technology on society. (less)

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Author:
Gretchen E. Knapp
Pauline A. Lizotte
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A Can of Bull:  Do Energy Drinks Really Provide a Source of Energy?

A Can of Bull: Do Energy Drinks Really Provide a Source of Energy?

This case study is designed to teach students at various levels about ... (more)

This case study is designed to teach students at various levels about large biomolecules, nutrition, and product analysis. Students conduct a biochemical analysis of several popular energy drinks on the market, which many students purchase at fairly high prices, and determine whether these products nutritionally match their marketing claims. The case can be used as a review of basic biochemistry and nutrition for upper level students in physiology, biochemistry, or nutrition courses, or to introduce this information in introductory level courses in these disciplines. (less)

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Science and Technology
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Author:
Gerald Urquhart
Merle Heidemann
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A Case Study Involving Influenza and the Influenza Vaccine

A Case Study Involving Influenza and the Influenza Vaccine

This interrupted case study presents a discussion about the benefits of the ... (more)

This interrupted case study presents a discussion about the benefits of the influenza vaccine between Mary, a nursing student, and her coworker, Karen. Karen is not convinced by Mary's arguments in favor of vaccination, and she counters with several common rationalizations for not getting the vaccine. Students work in small groups to evaluate the arguments for and against vaccination from the perspective of each woman. In addressing the questions in the case, students learn about the general biology of viral infections, treatment of infections, and immunity. The case was designed for use in an entry-level course in microbiology for nursing students or a first-year biology course for majors. (less)

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John Bennett
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A Case Study of Memory Loss in Mice

A Case Study of Memory Loss in Mice

This discussion case explores the scientific process involved in implementing an animal ... (more)

This discussion case explores the scientific process involved in implementing an animal model in the study of Alzheimer's disease. Students read a short paragraph describing a study in which the brains of "trained" mice were injected with beta-amyloid fragments, which subsequently caused them to forget their tasks. The paragraph is a very short New York Times story reporting on an experimental study originally published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Based on the short description provided, students are asked to identify relevant components of the scientific method (problem, method, results, and conclusions). The case is suitable for a wide variety of science majors and non-majors courses. (less)

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Author:
Michael S. Hudecki
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The Case of Baby Joe: Chronic Infections in an Infant

The Case of Baby Joe: Chronic Infections in an Infant

This interrupted case study follows the declining health of an infant who ... (more)

This interrupted case study follows the declining health of an infant who suffers from recurrent infections and finally is diagnosed with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID). The case was developed for use in an undergraduate upper-level immunology course to supplement discussion of B and T cell development and the generation of antibody diversity. It could also be modified for use in a genetics class, with emphasis on the molecular aspects of RAG-mediated recombination and inheritance patterns of the disease, or a pathophysiology class, with emphasis on the physiology underlying the symptoms. (less)

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Author:
Kristen L.W. Walton
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A Case of Cerebrovascular Accident

A Case of Cerebrovascular Accident

"Samuel Dexter" is 52 years old, overweight, and a heavy smoker. He ... (more)

"Samuel Dexter" is 52 years old, overweight, and a heavy smoker. He wakes one morning with weakness on his right side. When he attempts to walk to the bathroom, he stumbles and then falls. His wife, who suspects he has suffered a stroke, calls 911. Students read the short case scenario, including a brief clinical history of the patient and description of his injury, then answer a set of directed questions designed to probe the students' knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology underlying the patient's condition. The case has been used in both a sophomore-level course in human anatomy and physiology and a senior-level course in general physiology. (less)

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Author:
David F. Dean
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A Case of Cheating?

A Case of Cheating?

This case is based upon a real experience. It is written as ... (more)

This case is based upon a real experience. It is written as an exercise for faculty to discuss, perhaps in a brown bag seminar at lunch time. In many ways it represents a rather common type of problem, cheating-what to do about it and how to prevent it. What makes the case more interesting is the cultural questions it raises and the issues associated with the use of peer evaluation and cooperative learning strategies in general. (less)

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Author:
Clyde Freeman Herreid
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The Case of Desiree's Baby: The Genetics and Evolution of Skin Color

The Case of Desiree's Baby: The Genetics and Evolution of Skin Color

This case is based on Kate Chopin's short story "Desiree's Baby," a ... (more)

This case is based on Kate Chopin's short story "Desiree's Baby," a tragic tale of race and gender in antebellum Louisiana first published in 1893. Students read the story and then answer a series of questions about the genetics and evolution of skin color. The case was developed for a general biology course organized around the general theme of evolution. It could also be used in anthropology and biology courses for non-majors. (less)

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Author:
Patricia Schneider
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