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Unit 1: How To Fight Infection
_ Meet Sue Smith, the eighteen-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Sue is a college freshman who is presenting symptoms of an unknown infectious disease and is left with a hearing impairment. Through this case, you will explore the diagnostic process used to identify an unknown infection, the use of antibiotics as a treatment, how bacteria develop antibiotic resistance, how hearing impairment is assessed and treated, and how vaccinations are developed and used to prevent infection. Below students are engaging in ELISA and Bacterial Resistance Labs. These college level labs expose students to lab skills such as plating bacteria and pipetting as well as problem solving skills, which will help them go into college ahead of their peers.
Unit 2: How To Screen What Is In Your Genes
_ Meet Mr. and Mrs. Smith, who are expecting a new baby. Through this case, you will explore how to screen and evaluate the code in our DNA, the value of good prenatal care, and the future of genetic technology.
Unit 3: How To Conquer Cancer
_ Meet Mike Smith, the sixteen-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Mike is diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer that often affects teenagers. In order to remove all of the cancerous tissue, he had to have most of his arm amputated and he needs a prosthesis. Through this case, you will explore the diagnostic process used to determine the presence of cancerous cells, the risk factors and prevention of cancer, rehabilitation after disease or injury, and the design process for new medications, prosthetics, and nanotechnology.
Unit 4: How To Prevail When Organs Fail
_ Meet Mrs. Jones, the forty-four-year-old sister of Mrs. Smith. Mrs. Jones has been struggling with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus for twenty years. Mrs. Jones is now dealing with end stage renal failure and needs a kidney transplant. Through this case, you will explore protein production, blood sugar regulation, dialysis, organ donation and transplantation, non-invasive surgery techniques, as well as creation of a bionic human.