EDUCATION: Adding Life to Bio 101

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Science  10 Oct 2003:
Vol. 302, Issue 5643, pp. 205
DOI: 10.1126/science.302.5643.205a

Undergraduate biology students struggling to understand the inheritance of sex-linked traits or instructors looking for an engaging activity for teaching DNA structure can find help at the Biology Project from the University of Arizona, Tucson. The Web tutorial hits the essentials of first-year biology, including biochemistry, cell biology, development, immunology, and genetics. Flexible lessons let students check their bio savvy with preliminary quizzes, then focus their efforts on the topics they don't understand. Interactive investigations highlight real-world issues. For instance, students model the spread of HIV with a simple computer simulation and perform a virtual pathology exam on lung tissue from mice exposed to cigarette smoke. The project is undergoing renovation and will soon be adding materials for upper division courses.

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