This Viral DNA Integration activity & project also includes:
How do reverse transcriptase inhibitors work? Young virologists examine the function of azidothymidine, a drug doctors use to treat HIV patients, during a hands-on modeling activity. Groups create a strand of DNA from an HIV RNA strand and incorporate the inhibitor into the process to create an explanation of why it slows the progression of the disease.
- Print and laminate the nucleotides and attach Velcro to the tabs on the cards to help the class build their DNA sequences
- Student should be in groups of two or three
- Resource uses real HIV sequences for the activity
- The learner-facing directions for the activity are written clearly and are easy to follow