Teaching Cell Biology and Genetics Using Cancer
This playlist can be used to teach several core topics in cell biology and genetics by connecting students with case studies and multimedia resources about cancer. The topics covered include the cell cycle, cancer, biotechnology, and genetic disease.
By completing the resources in this playlist, students will be able to:
- Explain the steps and regulation of the cell cycle.
- Interpret data to explain the role of tumor suppressors in cell cycle regulation.
- Predict which gene mutations cause cancer. Compare and contrast oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes in particular.
- Use evidence to support the following claims:
- Cancer is typically caused by mutations in several genes.
- Mutations in the same genes can be involved in the development of different types of cancers (i.e., breast cancer or lung cancer).
- Mutations in different genes can cause the same type of cancer.
- Use information on gene editing techniques to design experiments to “cure cancer.”
This playlist can be used in undergraduate biology courses. Implementing this playlist should take about 200 minutes of class time in total, spread out among other discussions and activities.