andromeda strain

Andromeda Strain (1971)


Concept featured in film: Mutation of Viruses

Location of clip: Chapter 18 (DVD)


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Summary of clip: This clip is where the virus has mutated from a lethal human killing virus to a rubber hose eating virus, contaminating the labs, and forcing the crew to hurry up before the Wildfire Facility detonates in a nuclear explosion.


Suggestions to teachers:
1. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

a. Talk about how viruses mutate, relating this concept to the current possibility of the Bird Flu pandemic mutating from a bird virus to a human virus.

b. Use the topic of mutations to cover other viruses in the past like the Pandemic Flu of 1918 or the HIV virus, and how they are so difficult to treat due to the many mutations that the viruses have undergone.