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Anne Galbraith
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Not an Old Person's Disease 

The overall goal of this case is to introduce students to the genetic basis of cancer while teaching them about melanoma. The fictional protagonist of the case is 20-year-old Judy. Fair-haired and fair-skinned, Judy covets the kind of suntan that her friend Mariah seems to be able to get effortlessly.  All Judy has to show for the hours she spends in the sun is a bad sunburn. But then Judy notices a mole on her leg that looks odd.  This case was written specifically for a general education health and wellness class taken by students ranging from first-year students to seniors, and from non-science majors to biology majors.

Sometimes It Is All in the Genes 

Nancy, five months pregnant, agrees to a routine genetic test that indicates she carries the mutation for the fatal disease, cystic fibrosis. She convinces her husband to get tested and discovers that he too is a carrier. Knowing that there is a 25 percent chance their unborn child may have the disease, they must decide what to do. This case introduces students to the scientific and ethical issues surrounding genetic testing for a disease that has no known cure. The case was developed for a health and wellness general education course that is entirely case based.