Structural View of HIV/AIDS:
A Video Challenge for High School Students
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection, if untreated, can cause the Acquired Immunodeficiency Disorder Syndrome (AIDS). HIV and AIDS have been the focus of intense scientific study for over three decades. Findings from these studies have contributed to our current understanding of the disease and helped design ways to treat it. In particular, atomic level structures of HIV/AIDS-related proteins have played an important role in the discovery of many treatments. With today's combination therapies, HIV/AIDS has become a manageable chronic illness. However, cases of new HIV infection continue to be reported, demanding broader awareness and understanding of HIV/AIDS.
Resources for learning about HIV/AIDS from PDB-101
- Structural Biology of HIV animation and downloadable poster.
- Molecule of the Month articles on
- Paper model of the HIV capsid.
- How do drugs work? poster
Resources for participating in the Video Challenge
- EduForum – an educational forum for educators and students to ask questions, share ideas and learn from each other.
- Tutorial 1: Protein Visualization with UCSF Chimera, Video Editing with Blender, and Sound Editing in Audacity
- Tutorial 2: Finding and visualizing HIV-related protein-drug complexes
- Example Video
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