DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: 1. Explain the way in which a virus is able to reproduce and cause disease in a host.
2. Explain how World War I contributed to the flu pandemic of 1914. If there were no war, what probably would have happened to the flu strain? Give supporting statements to back your explanation.
3. Compare and contrast the work of Edward Jenner to that of Jonas Salk. How can the triumphs of these two virologists set an example for modern scientists researching new threats?
4. How might viruses help cure genetic diseases?
5. Describe two instances from the documentary in which disease was used as a weapon. How effective were the weapons? Is this practice still in use today? What are some of the potential consequences of using viruses in this manner?
6. How might the destruction of rain forests help spread new viral diseases?
EVALUATION: You can evaluate your students on their projects using the following three-point rubric: