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Anatomy and Physiology

Cancer Warrior
In "How Cancer Grows," follow the growth of a carcinoma from its initial mutation to widespread metastasis. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Coma
In "Brain Geography," learn how to model a brain and find out more about its limbic system, cerebellum, spinal cord, brain stem, and cerebral cortex. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Cracking the Code of Life
In "Journey into DNA," zoom in to 15 different levels to see DNA's relationship to a human, beginning with the body and ending with the atoms that make up a single DNA base. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Cut to the Heart
In "Map of the Human Heart," view the process blood goes through as it enters and exits the heart muscle. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Deadly Ascent
In "Body Breakdowns," see how extreme cold can affect the human body. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Dying to Be Thin
In "Body Needs," click on illustrations of types of food, body organs and parts, or a list of nutrients to see what the body needs to function best. (Flash plug-in required.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Eighteen Ways to Make a Baby
In "How Cells Divide," find out how meiosis and mitosis work in a 15-step animated comparison of the two. (Requires Flash plug-in; non-Flash version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Electric Heart
In "Operation: Heart Transplant," perform a virtual heart transplant in 19 steps. (Shockwave plug-in required.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Everest -- The Death Zone
In "Test Your Brain," try three neuro-behavioral tests that Mt. Everest climbers underwent to measure mental agility. (Shockwave plug-in required; non-Shockwave version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Everest -- The Mystery of Mallory and Irvine
In "Test Your Brain," try three neuro-behavioral tests that Mt. Everest climbers underwent to measure mental agility. (Shockwave plug-in required; non-Shockwave version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Life's Greatest Miracle
In "How Cells Divide," find out how meiosis and mitosis work in a 15-step animated comparison of the two. (Requires Flash plug-in; non-Flash version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Life's Greatest Miracle
In "How Is Sex Determined?," follow the sex development of a male or female embryo in the first 16 weeks of development. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Lost on Everest
In "Test Your Brain," try three neuro-behavioral tests that Mt. Everest climbers underwent to measure mental agility. (Shockwave plug-in required; non-Shockwave version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Science Odyssey, A: In Search of Ourselves
In "Probe the Brain," use an electric probe on an exposed brain to see which part of the motor cortex is responsible to movement of the fingers, toes, hips, and more. (Shockwave plug-in required.) Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12.

Science Odyssey, A: Matters of Life and Death
In "DNA Workshop," perform the processes of DNA replication and protein synthesis. (Shockwave plug-in required; non-Shockwave version available.) Grades 9-12.

Secrets of the Mind
In "Probe the Brain," use an electric probe to map out 17 areas of the motor cortex responsible for movement of the fingers, toes, hips, and more. (Requires Shockwave plug-in; non-Shockwave description available.) Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12.

Sex: Unknown
In "How Is Sex Determined?," follow the sex development of a male or female embryo in the first 16 weeks of development. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Surviving AIDS
In "Fighting Back," step into the immune system and work to eliminate a mumps virus that enters the body. (Shockwave plug-in required; non-Shockwave version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Walk to Beautiful, A
In "Anatomy of Childbirth," view diagrams of the three stages of normal labor and delivery and learn about problems that can arise, as well as treatments used to respond to them. (Flash plug-in required; printable version available.) Grades 9-12.


Development

Eighteen Ways to Make a Baby
In "How Cells Divide," find out how meiosis and mitosis work in a 15-step animated comparison of the two. (Requires Flash plug-in; non-Flash version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Life's Greatest Miracle
In "How Cells Divide," find out how meiosis and mitosis work in a 15-step animated comparison of the two. (Requires Flash plug-in; non-Flash version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Life's Greatest Miracle
In "How Is Sex Determined?," follow the sex development of a male or female embryo in the first 16 weeks of development. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Sex: Unknown
In "How Is Sex Determined?," follow the sex development of a male or female embryo in the first 16 weeks of development. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.


Disease

Arms Race With a Superbug
In "Arms Race with a Superbug," learn how strains of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria have developed defenses against every antibiotic ever developed. (Flash plug-in required; printable version available.)

Bioterror
In "Making Vaccines," create six vaccines in a virtual laboratory and learn how they protect humans from disease. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Cancer Warrior
In "How Cancer Grows," follow the growth of a carcinoma from its initial mutation to widespread metastasis. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Killer Disease on Campus
In "Making Vaccines," create six vaccines in a virtual laboratory, using a different technique to produce each one, and learn how vaccines protect against disease. (Flash 5 plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Most Dangerous Woman in America, The
In "Disease Detective," use basic field epidemiology methods to trace the outbreak of a mysterious illness to its source. (Flash plug-in required.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Science Odyssey, A: Matters of Life and Death
In "Doctor Over Time," see how doctors over this century would have handled the same afflictions. (Shockwave plug-in required; non-Shockwave version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12,

Surviving AIDS
In "Fighting Back," step into the immune system and work to eliminate a mumps virus that enters the body. (Shockwave plug-in required; non-Shockwave version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Survivor M.D.: Tattooed Doctor
In "Medicine Through Time," learn how physicians over the past century would have handled three afflictions: infection, kidney failure, and diabetes. (Shockwave plug-in required; non-Shockwave version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.


Medicine

Bioterror
In "Making Vaccines," create six vaccines in a virtual laboratory and learn how they protect humans from disease. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Cancer Warrior
In "How Cancer Grows," follow the growth of a carcinoma from its initial mutation to widespread metastasis. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Electric Heart
In "Operation: Heart Transplant," perform a virtual heart transplant in 19 steps. (Shockwave plug-in required.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Everest -- The Death Zone
In "Test Your Brain," try three neuro-behavioral tests that Mt. Everest climbers underwent to measure mental agility. (Shockwave plug-in required; non-Shockwave version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Everest -- The Mystery of Mallory and Irvine
In "Test Your Brain," try three neuro-behavioral tests that Mt. Everest climbers underwent to measure mental agility. (Shockwave plug-in required; non-Shockwave version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Four Tests
In "Four Tests," read four hypothetical scenarios of what DNA testing can reveal, then vote on whether you would choose to undergo the test and see how others have voted. (Flash plug-in required.)

Killer Disease on Campus
In "Making Vaccines," create six vaccines in a virtual laboratory, using a different technique to produce each one, and learn how vaccines protect against disease. (Flash 5 plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Life and Death in the War Zone
In "Military Medicine Through Time," take a tour through military medicine's history, from the Civil War to the war in Iraq, and determine what medically related advance each photo shows. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) Grades 9-12.

Lost on Everest
In "Test Your Brain," try three neuro-behavioral tests that Mt. Everest climbers underwent to measure mental agility. (Shockwave plug-in required; non-Shockwave version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Science Odyssey, A: Matters of Life and Death
In "Doctor Over Time," see how doctors over this century would have handled the same afflictions. (Shockwave plug-in required; non-Shockwave version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12,

Survivor M.D.: Tattooed Doctor
In "Medicine Through Time," learn how physicians over the past century would have handled three afflictions: infection, kidney failure, and diabetes. (Shockwave plug-in required; non-Shockwave version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Warriors of the Amazon
In "Plant Magic," learn what ethnobotany is and how pine, mint, and garlic can be used medicinally. Grades 6-8, 9-12.


Nutrition

Dying to Be Thin
In "Body Needs," click on illustrations of types of food, body organs and parts, or a list of nutrients to see what the body needs to function best. (Flash plug-in required.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.


Public Health

Bioterror
In "Making Vaccines," create six vaccines in a virtual laboratory and learn how they protect humans from disease. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Killer Disease on Campus
In "Making Vaccines," create six vaccines in a virtual laboratory, using a different technique to produce each one, and learn how vaccines protect against disease. (Flash 5 plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Most Dangerous Woman in America, The
In "Disease Detective," use basic field epidemiology methods to trace the outbreak of a mysterious illness to its source. (Flash plug-in required.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Walk to Beautiful, A
In "Anatomy of Childbirth," view diagrams of the three stages of normal labor and delivery and learn about problems that can arise, as well as treatments used to respond to them. (Flash plug-in required; printable version available.) Grades 9-12.

World in the Balance
In "Global Trends Quiz," test your understanding of the population trends in three areas: the developed world, the developing world, and the environmental challenges associated with each. (Flash plug-in required.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.


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