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Is There Life In There?

All life forms on Earth are based on organic biochemistry. This activity requires students to analyse an unknown soil sample (just recovered from a space mission to another planet!) and look for signs of possible indicators for life. Curriculum areas covered: • Cell biology • Food tests, including starch, sugar, protein and fat The video shows Chris Carr performing tests on three soil samples. He also explains how the activity can be applied to different areas of the curriculum. He links the tests to those done by the Viking lander missions to Mars.

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