A collection of lesson plans, presentations, labs, and worksheets about the immune system.

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Tutorials and Problem Sets include: 1. Introduction to Immunology: Learn the basics about the immune system. 2. Antibody Structure: Understand how an antibody's physical structure determines its interaction with antigen. 3. HIV and AIDS: Learn about HIV's interaction with the immune system and how current treatments interrupt the HIV lifecycle. 4. Case Studies: Written in collaboration with Veterinary Science and Microbiology, these cases studies are designed for advanced students. This resource is part of the Biology Links for One Laptop Per Child course which contains units on Exploring Life; The Cell; Genetics; Mechanisms of Evolution; The Evolutionary History of Biological Diversity; Plant Form and Function; Animal Form and Function; Ecology; and Astrobiology.
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HIV Detection Activity

by Alison Loomis

Learn about the ELISA, a fundamental tool of clinical immunology, which is used as an initial screen for HIV detection. Based on the principle of antibody-antibody interaction, this test allows for easy visualization of results and can be completed without the additional concern of radioactive materials use. Contents: Background Method (animations) False Positives Data and Interpretation Problem Set ELISA Resources on the Web This resource is part of the Biology Links for One Laptop Per Child course which contains units on Exploring Life; The Cell; Genetics; Mechanisms of Evolution; The Evolutionary History of Biological Diversity; Plant Form and Function; Animal Form and Function; Ecology; and Astrobiology.
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Notes on the various organs of the immune system prepared by myself for my students in India.
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This video discusses the different types of immune responses.
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This video is an introduction to the immune system focusing on innate or nonspecific immunity.
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This is an exam I created for introductory level life science students. This can range from 4th grade to 10th depending on the student population.
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Helper T Cells

by Sal Khan

This video details the role of helper T cells in the adaptive immune system.
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This video is a summary of what was learned in previous videos about the immune system.
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This video continues the explanation of the adaptive immune response and discusses the role of cytotoxic T cells.
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Fighting Disease (SMART-created)

by SMART Technologies SMART Technologies ULC

Discover how the body's immune system fights disease. Label a diagram of an antibody. This lesson activity is also compatible with the Senteo interactive response system. To download Notebook interactive viewer visit www.education.smarttech.com/nbiv
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Students pass a contagion, Serratia marcescens (non-pathogenic, opportunistic bacteria that forms bright red bacterial colonies), through a series of recorded handshakes. The gloves used in the handshakes are swabbed after the first 2 handshakes and after the fourth. ANy errors in procedure can be discussed with reference to problems in reposting in actual epidemiological studies. I first created this lab while teaching a non-science major course in Microbiology at San Diego State University in 1972. This is an excellent laboratory for developing critical thinking skills.
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