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A Family in Need: In-Class Case Study on Cancer Genetics

This case is designed as an in-class, problem-based learning activity for students to learn about several innovative medical applications of molecu ...


A Family in Need: Internet-Enhanced Case Study on Cancer Genetics

This problem-based learning case was designed for students to learn about several innovative medical applications of molecular biology. Students as ...


All That Glitters May Not Be Gold

In this decision case, a congressional staffer must weigh a number of competing concerns and issues, including popular reactions to genetically mod ...


An Unusual Case of Animal Reproduction

This case study in human reproduction follows Andrea, a college biology student who discovers she is pregnant with twins, but is not sure who the f ...


Applying High-Throughput Analysis to Biofilms

This case study describes a hypothetical scenario in which a dental practice is contaminated from an unknown source resulting in multiple patients ...


Bioengineering the Pancreas

This case study applies problem-based learning to the field of biotechnology. Students assume the role of newly-hired bioengineers at a fictitious ...


Bringing Back Baby Jason

This dilemma case, designed for use in an undergraduate genetics course, explores the basic genetic concepts underlying the cloning process as well ...


BSL-4: Authorized Personnel Only

This case study is based on the 2014 Ebola epidemic that spread to multiple highly populated countries in West Africa, making it the largest and mo ...


CAR T Immunotherapy

This directed case study was written to help students learn about an innovative cancer therapy that harnesses a patient's immune system to recogniz ...


Certified Cultured Beef

In this case study, students are introduced to concepts and techniques in modern biotechnology, as well as the possible implications of this emergi ...


Corn Ethanol Debate

To what extent should corn be used for the production of ethanol? Are we better off producing corn for food or producing corn for fuel? This case s ...


Cow of the Future

In this case developed for an introductory general microbiology course, students consider concepts of bacterial genetics as they act as consultants ...


Cut It Out!

This directed case study was developed to introduce students to the CRISPR-Cas9 system for genome editing. CRISPR-Cas9 has made numerous headlines ...


Do You Really Know What You're Eating?

Starting from a fictional “news” report about an apparent allergic reaction to a taco tainted by genetically modified corn, students co ...


Fatally Flawed?

The novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), which causes the respiratory illness COVID-19, was first detected in China in late 2019 and rapidly spread thro ...


FOXP2 and Speech

FOXP2 was first identified as a human language gene when a mutated version of the gene was found to cause speech problems in the KE family in Londo ...


Frankenfoods?

This discussion case, in which a university research laboratory is vandalized by environmental activists opposed to genetic engineering, focuses on ...


From Cow Juice to a Billion Dollar Drug, With Some Breakthroughs in Between

Before the discovery of insulin in 1921, being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes was a death sentence. Despite the successful management of diabetes w ...


Glowing Plants on Kickstarter

This case study is centered on a real scenario from 2013 in which the Kickstarter fundraising platform included a fundraising proposal from a group ...


Golden Rice

In this intimate debate case, students consider whether to support the development and use of Golden Rice as a means to alleviate vitamin A deficie ...


Jim and the Forgotten Embryos

The goal of this case study is to expose students to the basics of embryonic stem cells, their therapeutic uses, and the controversy surrounding em ...


Modern Frankenstein?

This interdisciplinary case study uses the format of a progressive disclosure to explore certain advances in biotechnology and evaluate them within ...


New Ways to Breathe

This case study follows a young cystic fibrosis (CF) patient named Lucas. Through Lucas's story and interactions between his parents and pediatrici ...


Pharmacogenetics: Using Genetics to Treat Disease

This case study investigates the applications of genetics to medicine by exploring one of the first examples of a pharmacogenetic test to enter mai ...


Put to the Test

This directed case study follows the fictional story of an emergency room physician as he treats multiple patients being admitted to the hospital w ...


Seeds of Dissension

A possible act of industrial espionage is the backdrop for this case study, which introduces students to analytical techniques routinely used in mo ...


Selecting the Perfect Baby

This dilemma case is based on the true story of Jack and Lisa Nash, whose daughter Molly was born with a rare genetic disorder, Fanconi anemia. By ...


Snow White Apples?

The protagonist of this two-day flipped case study, “Maria,” has two problems. She doesn’t like it when the apple slices in her l ...


SNPs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails, and That's What People Are Made Of

In this case on genome privacy, students work together to research one of six assigned lobbying groups’ views in this area and then present t ...


Solving a Medical Mystery with Bioinformatics

This computer-based case study guides students through publically available bioinformatics databases to solve a medical mystery. The case relates t ...


Stem Cells: Promises to Keep?

Samantha and her husband Brad have two children, conceived with the help of in vitro fertilization treatments. After viewing a TV program on stem c ...


Stem Cells: Promises to Keep? Clicker Case Version

This clicker case is based upon the case "Stem Cells: Promises to Keep" written by Lauren E. Yaich and published by the National Center for Case S ...


The Canadian Canola Controversy

This case study reviews a controversial court case that took place in Canada in 2002 concerning an allegation of patent infringement and a genetica ...


The Case of Eric, Lou Gehrig's Disease, and Stem Cell Research

Thirty-one-year-old Eric has begun to show signs of the debilitating and fatal neuromuscular disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ...


The Case of the Tainted Taco Shells: Advanced Edition

This case discusses some of the issues associated with the use of genetically modified plants, including ecological risks, resistance, and allergen ...


The Case of the Tainted Taco Shells: General Edition

This case discusses some of the issues associated with the use of genetically modified plants, including ecological risks, resistance, and allergen ...


The Curious Case of the Carbon Copy Kitty

After the media coverage of Dolly the sheep and pet cloning, most students in a general biology or general genetics course will have heard of anima ...


The Evolving Genetics of Disease Resistance

This interrupted case study for the flipped classroom applies evolutionary genetics research to human health. Students learn about a naturally occu ...


The Fun in Fermentation

When covering the process of cellular respiration, advanced high school and undergraduate biology classes present fermentation as a means of anaero ...


The Mystery of the Massively Muscular Myostatin Bull

The central dogma of molecular biology is an essential topic in undergraduate biology, but transcription and translation are also some of the most ...


The Power of a Test

In this directed case study, students follow the story of “Marcus,” a recent college graduate who is working as a technician in a clini ...


The Raelians

The topics of human cloning and pseudoscience are introduced in this case through the story of Claude Vorilhon, a French auto racing journalist who ...


The Sad But True Case of Earl Washington

In 1983, Earl Washington "confessed" to a violent crime that he did not commit and was sentenced to death row. After spending seventeen years in pr ...


Torn at the Genes

The setting for this case is the family dinner table, where a heated discussion about genetically altered foods is taking place. Marsha Cumberland& ...


Tougher Plants

This "clicker case" follows two recent college graduates as they look for scientific answers to explain why the plants on their new tomato farm are ...


Two Peas in a Pod

Based on an actual event, this case study focuses on some of the problems associated with reproductive technologies. It tells the story of the "Jon ...


Which Little Piggy Went to Market?

In this case study, a scientist is contacted by a friend from a meat processing plant who is looking for a test to determine the sex of the animals ...