This lesson is designed to describe, identify and analyze key discoveries, the leading scientists and the main ethical considerations of vaccine research. Students read from Dr. Paul Offit’s book, Vaccinated: One Man’s Quest to Defeat the World’s Deadliest Diseases and view a section of the documentary film, Hilleman: A Perilous Quest to Save the World’s Children. Students investigate the roles of recombinant technology and viral attenuation in the manufacture of modern vaccines. They complete a timeline of vaccine history and write an essay on the methods and ethics of using recombinant technology to manufacture vaccines. The animations Attenuation: How Scientists Make Live Vaccines and Using Genetic Engineering to Make Vaccines are viewed.
Time: Two to three 45-minute sessions
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