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Media Activity 11.1 The Immune System and Infectious Agents

Estimated Time: 15 minutes

Explore the diversity of infectious agents, their mode of reproduction or duplication, and how the human body defends against these agents.

Media Activity 11.2 The Revenge of the Chickenpox: The Virus Strikes Back

Estimated Time: 15 minutes

The infectious agent responsible for chickenpox, the varicella-zoster virus, sometimes causes shingles in older people, because the virus initially evades the immune system and then hides in the nerves in a latent form. You will explore information on what shingles is, how it occurs, and what can be done to treat the affected patient.

Media Activity 11.3 New Antidote for the Anthrax Bacterium

Estimated Time: 10 minutes

The disease anthrax gained renewed attention when it was utilized as a bioterrorism tool in the United States. New studies on the disease have identified a possible antidote as well as a detection method for the agent.

Media Activity 11.4 To Vaccinate or Not? What Would Happen If We Stopped?

Estimated Time: 10 minutes

What would happen if we stopped a vaccinating program against a disease like measles? What would be the effect on the rates of disease occurrence, the impact on families, and the financial costs of health care needed for infected individuals? This activity explores the potential effects of halting a current vaccination program.

Media Activity 11.5 A New Epidemic of Syphilis?

Estimated Time: 10 minutes

The number of cases of syphilis in the United States had been steadily declining since the 1940s, but there has been a recent increase in numbers of affected individuals. In this activity, you will explore why epidemiologists are concerned about the higher rates of incidence.

Media Activity 11.6 Gene Therapy Trials for Immune Deficiency

Estimated Time: 15 minutes

One strategy to help patients with immune system deficiencies is to use gene therapy. Retroviruses are used to deliver "good" genes into the host cells of a patient to correct their "bad" or missing genes. There are risks associated with these types of therapy, as we will explore in this activity.

Media Activity 11.7 Prions in Other Folding Protein Diseases?

Estimated Time: 15 minutes

Prions have been identified in a variety of spongiform encephalopathies, but now researchers are interested in how the concept of the misfolded protein may apply to other diseases. This activity explores some of these folding protein diseases.

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