Join us at Georgia Institute of Technology to delve into the search for Sickle Cell trait. Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a genetic abnormality of hemoglobin, the oxygen carrying component of red blood cells, and must be inherited from an individual’s parents, who may or may not be aware that they are carrying the trait. For people living with sickle cell disease their red blood cells will deform into stiff, sickled shapes instead of the fully flexible red blood cells they should be, once they give off oxygen in the tissue. This inflexible sickle shape impedes blood flow causing pain, chronic inflammation, organ damage, and reduced life expectancies.
What is Sickle Cell Disease? http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sca).
Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia http://sicklecellga.org/
Help your students learn about their own sickle status while studying the science of genetics and practical laboratory applications around disease diagnosis. Learn how to use an inexpensive non-reducing electrophoresis that can be performed on blood to determine sickle cell status (disease, trait, or wildtype normal) with basic electrophoresis equipment on only a small drop of blood. Teach students about what happens during post-natal screening, understanding of important public health information regarding their sickle cell status and discuss the ethical considerations involved.
Mendelian genetics (parent and offspring)
Autosomal recessive diseases
Discussion on the Ethics of screening for non-fatal diseases
Human health and diagnostics
Lab safety practices
Sickle Cell status diagnostics
Differences between reducing and non-reducing gel electrophoresis
Image analysis of the gels
Audience: High School CTAE or Science teachers
Space is limited to 15 teachers.
Friday, October 30, 2015
Georgia Institute of Technology (specifics updated shortly)
9:00am – 3:00 pm
$20 (covers lunch and parking)
High School CTAE and Science Teachers
All cancellation requests must be made to firstname.lastname@example.org / 404-221-0617404-221-0617 by close of business October 29, 2015 to receive a refund. No refunds will be issued after this date.