A Diet to Die For

TitleA Diet to Die For
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2012
Corporate AuthorsNational Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo,
Date Published05/2012
PublisherNational Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo
KeywordsBIOCHEMISTRY , BIOETHICS , BIOLOGY , cell , CHEMISTRY , Dinitrophenol; , PUBLIC , PUBLIC health
AbstractThis clicker case is designed to lead students to a conceptual understanding of oxidative phosphorylation (and, by analogy, photosynthesis). Students begin with a pre-class handout that presents background information on DNP, a weight-loss drug that was used in the 1930s, often with fatal consequences, leading to the establishment of the Food and Drug Administration. In the classroom, students work through a PowerPoint presentation about a college athlete who uses dinitrophenol obtained on the internet to lose weight, and winds up in the emergency room. Investigation by his twin sister reveals the scientific reasons for the dangers he encountered. The same topic with a slightly different emphasis is presented in another case in our collection titled "Wrestling with Weight Loss: The Dangers of a Weight-Loss Drug."
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