How are some cancer diagnosed and treated?
Epigenetics is the modification of gene expression due to environmental conditions. When analysing how different conditions arise in individuals, medical professionals can identify how certain cancers have arisen. There is now a body of evidence suggesting that epigenetic modifications comprising DNA methylation and chromatin remodeling play a pivotal role in the early stages of breast cancerogenesis. This being said, diagnosis and a microarray analysis can help determine a conditional treatment.
On KIOSC’s Learning Management System – Students are introduced to the concept of epigenetics by completing an interactive activity. Using this information, they are then given two patients’ medical records to analyse and explain how their breast cancer possibly began.
A LIVE interactive video feed from the KIOSC Lab – Students view a modified microarray to analyse and determine the treatment (chemotheraphy) process for the two cancer patients.
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- KIOSC will conference with the classroom teacher to show them the activity.
- The activity is designed to be completely independent of the classroom teacher. The teacher just sets the timeline for students to complete the activities.
- KIOSC will negotiate a time to run the LIVE introduction (30 minutes) and LIVE Lab session (30 minutes). The session can be in Teams, Collaborate, Webex, Youtube Live.
- All materials are included – TEACHER Notes – complete with guide and all answers.
- The Classroom teacher will need to provide student names and emails to KIOSC. This is so students can be given access to the security into the program.
The online program can be conducted over a two hour session or over a week. It is up to the classroom teacher.