It's All Greek to Me: Physiology Edition
Tallahassee Community College
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").
- 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.
KeywordsAnemia; Cooley's anemia; beta-thalassemia; hemoglobin; red blood cells; iron; genetic disease; genetic disorder
Educational LevelUndergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division
Type / MethodsDiscussion, Interrupted
Subject HeadingsPhysiology | Biology (General) | Medicinal Chemistry |