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Abracadabra

Magic Johnson and Anti-HIV Treatments



Author:

Brian Rybarczyk
Graduate School
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
brybar@unc.edu

Abstract:

This case introduces students to HIV, its life cycle, treatment, and problems associated with treatment options. The case, which incorporates critical thinking skills, active learning, self-directed study, and peer-to-peer learning, was developed for use in an undergraduate upper-level biology course entitled “The Molecular Basis of Disease.” It could also be used in an immunology class, a molecular evolution class, or a general biology class to introduce viruses.

Objectives:
  • Describe the symptoms related to HIV/AIDS and how a person is tested for HIV.
  • Propose treatment targets for controlling HIV infection based on its life cycle.
  • Speculate over biological and immunological reasons for why HIV infected people are non-progressors and progressors.
  • Describe molecular mechanisms of HIV drug resistance and molecular evolution.
  • Determine the pros and cons for specific HIV treatment approaches
Keywords: Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome; AIDS; human immunodeficiency virus; HIV; infectious disease; progressor; highly active antiretroviral therapy; HAART; Combivir; GlaxoSmithKline; Magic Johnson
Topical Area: Scientific argumentation, Social issues
Educational Level: High school, Undergraduate lower division
Formats: PDF
Type/Method: Interrupted, Role-Play
Language: English
Subject Headings: Biology (General)   Molecular Biology   Public Health  
Date Posted: 04/03/03
Date Modified:
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