Access Point #: SC.912.L.16.In.4

Identify that cancer can result when cells change or grow uncontrollably.
General Information
Number: SC.912.L.16.In.4
Category: Independent
Date Adopted or Revised: 02/08
Standard: Heredity and Reproduction

A. DNA stores and transmits genetic information. Genes are sets of instructions encoded in the structure of DNA.

B. Genetic information is passed from generation to generation by DNA in all organisms and accounts for similarities in related individuals.

C. Manipulation of DNA in organisms has led to commercial production of biological molecules on a large scale and genetically modified organisms.

D. Reproduction is characteristic of living things and is essential for the survival of species.

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2000350: Anatomy and Physiology
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2000430: Biology Technology
3027010: Biotechnology 1
2000440: Genetics Honors
2002440: Integrated Science 3
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2000300: Intensive Science
2000800: Florida's Preinternational Baccalaureate Biology 1
7920015: Access Biology 1
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Cancer and the Cell Cycle:

Students use five web animations and four videos to help them construct an explanation for how cancer develops, then use their new understanding to explain several historical observations about agents that cause cancer. After completing this activity, students will:

  • understand that many different agents can cause cancer,
  • understand that cancer represents a breakdown of the processes that regulate the growth of normal cells and tissues,
  • recognize that cancer develops as a result of genetic damage that occurs to cells across time,
  • be able to explain that cancer is associated with the occurrence of damage to particular classes of genes involved in the normal regulation of the cell cycle, and
  • understand that studying the processes involved in the development of cancer has led to a significantly increased understanding of the normal cell cycle as well as to new strategies for treating cancer.

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Cancer as a Multistep Process:

This lesson is the third in a series, preceded by "The Faces of Cancer" and "Cancer and the Cell Cycle." In this lesson, students use random number tables and an Internet-based simulation to test several hypotheses about the development of cancer.

After completing this activity, students will:

  • understand that cancer results from the accumulation of genetic damage to cells across time, and
  • be able to explain the increase in cancer incidence that occurs with an increase in age in terms of a multiple hit (mutations in a number of genes) hypothesis for cancer's development.

Type: Lesson Plan

Profile: Judah Folkman Cancer Research:

This PBS/NOVA lesson combines a discussion of the Nature of Science using a renowned Cancer researcher (and supported by the profiles of several other renowned scientists in the activities) to study concepts of creativity and tentativeness in the Nature of Science with a study of the biological characteristics of cells in disease (cancer).

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