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It's All Greek to Me: Physiology Edition



Author:

Leslie G. Wooten
Biology Department
Tallahassee Community College
wootenl@tcc.fl.edu

Abstract:

Stephania and Nikolaus Stamos are concerned about their baby daughter. They take her to her pediatrician, who immediately notices that the once bright and active child is small for her age, pale, lethargic, and has a swollen abdomen. Students examine symptoms and test results to identify the genetic disorder that the little girl is suffering from. The case would be appropriate for use in a physiology course, and could be adapted for use in a course in cell biology, biochemistry, or genetics (see the related "Genetics Edition").

Objectives:
  • Understand the importance of iron.
  • Learn about the general signs and symptoms of anemia.
  • Understand the normal versus abnormal morphology of red blood cells.
  • Learn about the genetic transmission of a disorder.
  • Understand normal versus abnormal CBC (complete blood count) results.
Keywords: Anemia; Cooley's anemia; beta-thalassemia; hemoglobin; red blood cells; iron; genetic disease; genetic disorder
Topical Area: N/A
Educational Level: Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division
Formats: PDF
Type/Method: Discussion, Interrupted
Language: English
Subject Headings: Physiology   Biology (General)   Medicinal Chemistry  
Date Posted: 2/21/2012
Date Modified: N/A
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