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Cell Types, Health, and Disease

About this unit:

The content of this unit strengthens students’ understanding of the biological and social contexts of Alzheimer’s disease. Prior to exploring the neuropathology of Alzheimer’s disease, students are prompted to explore how brain donation plays a key role in neuroscience research and how studying the healthy human brain provides potential insights as to the pathology of Alzheimer’s disease. This lesson aims to provide students with an interdisciplinary understanding of the role of bioethics, public health, and basic research in studying Alzheimer’s disease pathology.

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Grade level:

Advanced high school students (AP/IB Biology):

  • Lesson 1

  • Lesson 3

  • Note: Lesson 2 and Lesson 4 require a stronger understanding of transcription, transcriptomics, gene expression, and data analysis that high school students would likely not have encountered yet in their courses. Highly motivated students who are interested in independent study may be interested in exploring this material.

Introductory to intermediate college-level cell science and/or neuroscience students:

  • Lesson 1

  • Lesson 2

  • Lesson 3

  • Lesson 4

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Data used in this unit:


Meet the authors:

Madison Meuler, MEd candidate, 2022 Allen Institute intern
Kaitlyn Casimo, PhD

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