Immunology Virtual Lab
This interactive, modular lab explores how the ELISA method can be used to test blood samples for evidence of certain diseases.
The enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) is a laboratory technique that detects and measures specific proteins. It can show whether a patient has antibodies related to certain diseases, making it useful for medical diagnoses. In this lab, students perform a virtual ELISA to test whether a particular antibody is present in a blood sample. Students engage in key science practices, including experimental design and data interpretation.
The lab contains an interactive lab space, an informational notebook, and embedded questions. It also includes supplementary resources, such as a glossary of scientific terms.
The accompanying worksheet provides structure and guidance as students perform the tutorials and experiments in the lab.
Student Learning Targets
- Explain how testing for antibodies can inform a medical diagnosis.
- Describe the purpose, procedure, and potential limitations of an ELISA.
antibody, antigen, autoimmune disease, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), humoral immunity, infection, laboratory technique, lupus, screening
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HS-LS1-1; SEP3, SEP6
AP Biology (2019)
IST-3.A, IST-3.B; SP1, SP3
IB Biology (2016)
Common Core (2010)
Vision and Change (2009)