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Learning outcomesThis activity is a chance for students to reinforce their learning in four key areas – inheritance, protein synthesis, heart structure and function, and ATP as an energy source. The activity is set in a novel context – the inherited condition hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Students do a jigsaw activity so that they can create an information sheet for medical students about the condition.

  • Students understand how the heart disease hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is caused by genetic mutations, and the impacts of these mutations on protein synthesis.

  • Students understand how the structure and function of the heart, and the use of ATP by the heart, are affected by HCM.


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