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High School

Lesson 1

Development of Disease and Infection

Students explore the constant battle between pathogens and the immune system, focusing particularly on the different ways that pathogens adapt to overcome the immune system. In a hands-on activity, students simulate an attack on the immune system. The lesson concludes with a small group activity in which students research a pathogen to determine how it adapts and prepare a class presentation.

Lesson Questions

  • How do antigens and the immune system affect each other’s evolution?
  • What are key steps in the process of the development of infection and disease?

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