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Using Molecular and Evolutionary Biology to Understand HIV/AIDS and Treatment

Structure of HIVThis analysis and discussion activity introduces students to the biology of HIV infection and treatment, including the molecular biology of the HIV virus lifecycle and the importance of understanding molecular biology and natural selection for developing effective treatments.

The questions in this activity challenge students to apply their understanding of basic molecular and cellular biology and natural selection and interpret information presented in prose and diagrams in order to understand multiple aspects of the biology of HIV/AIDS and treatment.

The first attached file provides the Student Handout and the second attached file provides the Teacher Notes. The Teacher Notes provide background information and instructional suggestions and explain how this activity is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.

HIV SHO.docx2.39 MB
HIV TN.docx113.65 KB


Jennifer Hill's picture

Fabulous site

This is the best biology teaching resource site that I have found online. The material is interesting, high-quality, and challenging for the students. It is obvious that much thought and knowledge of what engages students has gone into the material found here.

Thanks so much for making this available for free, and for making adaptable Word documents as well (not that I've had to adapt anything) :)

Thank you!

Ann Dixon's picture


On behalf of Dr. Ingrid Waldron and her collaborators, thank you for your kind words! Please help us get the word out about Serendip's biology activities since we have changed our URL this summer.

lyla marinelli's picture


Interested in your site here

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