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August 2002

Red Gold: The Epic Story of Blood
The facts and myths about blood

The Red Gold site is produced by Thirteen Online of Thirteen/WNET New York. It looks "at the facts and myths about blood and its impact on everything from religion and medicine to commerce and popular culture throughout history."
This well-designed, user-friendly site has an appropriate color scheme. Text and background work well together. Macromedia Flash Player and RealPlayer are needed to view the animations and video.
The site is divided into six major areas that can be accessed from the top navigation bar. Each area has a sub-menu for easily navigating through the site.
This site was developed as a companion to the PBS series Red Gold: The Epic Story of Blood but is rich in content on its own. Educators will find lesson plans for high school and middle school as well as a discussion guide. Students can take a multimedia journey that follows a pint of blood through the transfusion process, learn the basics about blood, and trace the history of blood through an interactive timeline that tracks the scientific developments that contributed to society's understanding and use of blood. Additionally, there are biographies of the people who have made contributions to the study and use of blood, a glossary, a list of other resources, and a section of informative questions and answers from the experts.

Review by Hazel Jobe
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