Virus Tracking: Lesson Plan

Viruses like influenza, Ebola and Zika can spread widely around the world through shipping, travel and other means by which we humans move things from one place to another. DNA sequencing can provide a roadmap that a virus has followed to get where it is today. Watch as researchers use DNA sequencing to create a powerful tool to track the spread of the Zika virus around the world.

A Model Fish: Lesson Plan

Because all vertebrates have a common ancestor, the process of development from egg to embryo is the same for both humans and fish. Learn how scientists use the ghostly transparent strand of zebrafish to test hypotheses on a fish instead of a human. Two sets of academic researchers better understand therapies and cancers by using this model organism.

Pharma Quest: Lesson Plan

Learn about how biotechnology is used to affect living organisms, especially in the pharmaceutical, agricultural and alternative energy industries. Then explore how scientists in North Carolina are using biotechnology to develop new pharmaceutical drugs that will better treat diseases such as diabetes.