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Fingerprints – beyond identity

Chemists analyse the tiny traces of substances which form a fingerprint. This allows them to determine drug abuse and as well as the age, gender and diet of an individual.

This article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2016, Volume 26, Issue 3.

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Bioethics briefing no 2: crop plant genetic modification

This issue covers the background in selective plant breeding over the centuries and then describes the more recent advances and the introduction of genetically modified crops. The intrinsic objections, safety concerns (such as containment and good safety), sociopolitical concerns and other wider global issues...

Bioethics briefing no 3: preimplantation genetic diagnosis

This edition covers issues concerning assisted conception and "designer babies", which is a term which is often heard in the popular media. Today an ever-growing number of children are born after PGD and the different motivations for wanting it vary quite widely, ranging from the prevention of genetic...

Bioethics briefing no 4: xenotransplantation

As human-to-human transplantation has become more and more successful, it has almost become a victim of its own success. There is a shortage of donor organs, and even with more government initiatives to change the organ donor register system, there will still be a shortfall. Would animal cells, organs and...

Bioethics briefing no 5: stem cells

Stem cells have the potential to develop into different cell types in the human body and as such, can be used for tissue repair or, perhaps in the distant future, for the creation of spare body parts perhaps. This briefing provides background on stem cell, the two different types of stem cells (adult and...

Bioethics briefing no 1: ethics and bioethics in education

This briefing discusses how bioethics issues affect us all and how we hear about issues which fall into this category on a daily basis. News items about cloned embryos, GM crops, fears about the use of stem cells for research and even issues about having the right to chose to die are all subjects which people...

Is the UK being too hasty over three-parent babies?

The rush to permit controversial methods to avoid mitochondrial disease in babies raises questions, say two bioethicists.

This resource is part of the Post 16 genetics and genomics collection of resources.

Genome editing

This article looks at genome editing and its potential impact on genetically carried diseases, such as Huntingtons or Sickle Cell Anaemia as well as its critics who question both the infancy of the technology, and the ethical implications which surround the ability to modify human beings. Crucially, critics...

Report of the NAHT Commission on Assessment (February 2014)

The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) established an independent Commission on assessment following the Secretary of State’s decision to remove levels and their associated descriptors from the National Curriculum from September 2014. The Commission, comprising a panel of experienced practitioners, met...

STEM Learning Magazine: Post-16 and FE - Summer 2016

Pioneering technical services are explored in the cover article of the summer issue of STEM Learning Magazine for Post-16 and FE sectors. Other articles describe changes to A levels and GCSEs,  provide advice on conducting A level biology practicals, and look into investigating radiation levels from space. There is...

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