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Function Finders *suitable for home teaching*

Produced by the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, in this activity students translate DNA sequences into a series of amino acids to discover which protein is coded for and its function.

Students are supplied with a worksheet with DNA sequences and a codon wheel to decode the codons into amino acids. The amino...

BRAF: from gene to cancer therapy

This film tells the story of how DNA sequencing was used to identify the gene BRAF. Clinical researcher Ultan McDermott tells the story of how scientists at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute discovered a specific mutation in the BRAF gene, which is found in around half of malignant melanoma cases. He...

Galapagos Conservation (Ages 16-19) *suitable for home teaching*

From ARKive, these resources help students to learn about the Galapagos Islands, their biodiversity and conservation. Through a series of activities, students look at: * the scientific history and importance of the Galapagos Islands * the species that inhabit the islands including the concept of endemic species *...

Ecological Survey

Using the context of land remediation, this resource describes a series of investigations to measure the distribution of plants and animals, including a range of sampling techniques and the measurement of abiotic factors such as soil conditions, temperature and light intensity.  These activities are generally...

Designing Investigations

This resource, from the University of Nottingham, describes a number of investigations which could be carried out in heathland habitats. Heathlands are excellent habitats to use for designing and carrying out experiments. Plants are often relatively easy to identify when compared with other habitats and...

Algal Balls - Photosynthesis Using Algae Wrapped in Jelly Balls

This reliable practical allows students to use algae to look at the rate of photosynthesis with quantifiable and replicable results. In this protocol, the green alga Scenedesmus quadricauda is immobilised in alginate beads. Changes in the colour of hydrogen carbonate indicator solution (also called...

Heart Surgery and Dissection

Make your heart dissection lesson more engaging with this resource.  These materials help students to understand more about how the heart works and also includes a step-by-step guide to dissecting a heart obtained from a butcher.

In the first part of the resource, various aspects of cardiac biology are...

Electrocardiagrams

This resource from the Institute of Physics, describes how electrocardiagrams (ECGs) record the activity of the heart through electrodes placed on a patient's skin. The teacher's notes contain an introduction to ECGs and lesson notes for the associated PowerPoint file. A mark scheme for the worksheet is also...

Clinical Trials

Produced for the Debating Matters competition, this topic guides looks at the use of developing countries for clinical trials. It helps students to understand and debate the issues around this controversial area. There is a concern that powerful companies and research institutions cannot be held to account for...

Investigating osmosis: measuring the water potential of a potato cell

Understanding the osmotic potential of plant cells is a key part of understanding...

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