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Scott D. Zimmerman
Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Missouri State University
The Raelians: Visionary Science or Quackery?

The topics of human cloning and pseudoscience are introduced in this case through the story of Claude Vorilhon, a French auto racing journalist who makes some unusual claims regarding the influence of extraterrestrials on human history and purpose. The case describes Vorilhon’s establishment of a company, Clonaid, whose goal is to produce the first human clone. Students read about the company’s claims of success and consider the evidence as well as the ethics involved. The case is most appropriate for use in an introductory biology course or in a course on biotechnology issues or bioethics.

Why Does Grandpa Ignore Grandma?: A Case Study in Hearing Loss

Carla, a first semester graduate student in audiology, has noticed that her grandfather appears to be having trouble hearing what her grandmother says. Other people in the family can’ help but notice it too as it becomes a source of increasing aggravation and strife between Carla's grandparents. Students read the case and analyze data in order to understand the nature of Carla's grandfather's problem. The case was developed for a medical physiology course taken by postgraduate students in physical therapy and physician assistant professional programs and graduate students in a cell and molecular biology program. It could also be adapted for use in general education human biology or human aging courses or in a majors’ undergraduate physiology course.