Perspectives on Cancer

Perspectives on Cancer

This project is designed to help students understand the molecular basis of cancer, the epidemiology of this disease, and the relationship between the two. In "Understanding the Molecular Basis of Cancer" students will visualize the DNA damage that occurs over the lifetime of a cell. As mutations accumulate, students can track the cancer genes that are mutated and explore which hallmarks of cancer each mutation confers. In "Interpreting Data Maps" students will compare and contrast different approaches used to depict epidemiological data.

The development of the learning objects on this site was supported by a grant from NITLE (National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education).

The project lead is Pamela Hanson, Assistant Professor of Biology, Birmingham-Southern College.

A focus group was held at the beginning of the development process, with the hope that this project would be useful in many introductory biology courses at many institutions. The following individuals should be thanked for their thoughtful contributions: Steven Brewer, Assistant Professor & Director of the Biology Computer Resource Center, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Martha Grossel, Associate Professor of Biology, Connecticut College; Mike McAlear, Associate Professor, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Wesleyan University; Randall Phillis, Associate Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Future Possibilities

Update RTK pathway animation to include more detail.

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Pamela Hanson: Author
Jolee West: Editor
Wolasi Konu: Graphical Designer
Jason Lalor: Graphical Designer
Anne Loyer: Graphical Designer
Colin Theys: Graphical Designer
Phil Isaacs: Programmer
Steve Bischof: Librarian
Mike Roy: Project Manager
Rachel Thompson: Project Manager

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At a Glance

Pamela Hanson

Science and Technology\Health Science


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