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Jessie W. Klein
Associate Dean of Science
kleinj@middlesex.mass.edu
Department of Mathematics and Science
Middlesex Community College
A Right to Her Genes 

In this true story, students examine the case of a woman with a family predisposition to cancer who is considering genetic testing. Students learn about various aspects of DNA testing and determine how to counsel the woman. The case was designed for an advanced undergraduate molecular biology course but could be modified for an introductory biology, genetics, or ethics classes.


Should Bill Buy Sammy?: A Case Study Introducing Basic Chemistry Concepts

In this case, students are shown the relevance of chemistry in daily decision-making by taking a look at the popular dietary supplement, s-adenosylmethionine (SAMe), widely used in Europe for depression, arthritis, and liver disease and now available in the United States.  The case was developed for use in the first semester of a general biology course taken primarily by non-science majors. Designed to introduce these students to chemistry, it is also good for developing critical thinking skills with regard to the use of dietary supplements, which tend to be popular with many students.