HHMI's Virtual Lab: Test diagnostic skills in a Shockwave lab!
I am writing to alert you about a Web site where tomorrow's scientists
can learn how our bodies fight infections, how vaccines work to prevent
disease, and how some pathogens have evolved mechanisms of eluding
our bodies' defense mechanisms.
Prepared by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the site is
filled with cool "science stuff" for teenagers and teachers, including
the most recent addition -- the HHMI Virtual Lab. This interactive
laboratory, developed with Shockwave, will demonstrate how an
enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) is carried out and
some of the key experimental problems that may be encountered.
By completing this exercise, students will gain a better understanding
of experimental design, key concepts in immunological reactions,
and interpretation of data -- and have fun doing it!
YOU can become the scientist at HHMI's Virtual Lab by visiting
http://www.hhmi.org/lectures/hiband/neat/start.htm at the HHMI
Holiday Lectures on Science Web site. A free Shockwave plugin is
required, and can be obtained through a download at
Surfers can also visit the rest of the Institute's Web site--
http://www.hhmi.org. Among its most popular new features is a
full-length "Web book" on the remarkable transformation under way
in undergraduate science education across the United States.
"Beyond Bio 101"-- http://www.hhmi.org/BeyondBio101 --is filled
with original reporting, lively graphics, and useful resources for
biology educators at all levels.
All of the material is offered free as a public service by the
Institute, which has awarded nearly $600 million in grants since
1988 to enhance science education at all levels -- the largest
private initiative of its kind in U.S. history.
For more information on the HHMI Virtual Lab and Web site,
educators should call (800) 219-7874,
send an e-mail to granthl at hq.hhmi.org, or
Reporters only should contact HHMI's David Jarmul at
jarmuld at hq.hhmi.org
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