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Genome Generation

A number of scenarios are presented to encourage debate around genome sequencing. All teaching materials are provided.

  • The interaction of genetic and environmental factors in influencing phenotype
  • Ethical implications of genetic screening

Curriculum links:

  • Sequencing...

Funky Pigeons

These post-16 lesson plans look at Darwin’s pigeon breeding experiments and how they revealed the biology of inheritance and selection. Students will: *Compare natural and artificial selection and be able to critically explain the difference between the two. *Explore how Darwin used selective breeding to develop...

Safety Signs

Produced by the LSIS, these materials include an interactive activity and presentation that introduces safety signs as a communication medium. It has a lively, interactive approach to help students become familiar with the meaning of the four main types of safety signs. Students apply and test their understanding...

Skill 2.6 Arguments, Opinions and Points of View

This activity, produced by Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme, requires students to think about the arguments that different people might make for and against a controversial development.

The activity will help students to:* consider how opinions can influence an argument* identify arguments made by...

Session Four

This resource contains the fourth session of the Active Approaches to Level Three Applied Science, produced by the Science Learning Centres and the Nuffield Foundation. The session looks at developing assignments, their learning objectives and structure and warns against malpractice and plagiarism. It also...

Balloon Bugs

This resource from Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute is a practical, classroom activity that allows the students to make a balloon model of a disease-causing bacterium. This illustrates its basic shape and structure. Students can choose from three bacteria species including:

1. Salmonella Typhimurium and...

Malaria Challenge: Big Debate

Produced by the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, these materials are designed to be used in conjunction with the Malaria Challenge materials (also included in this collection on the eLibrary). Students use the Malaria Challenge resource to research one of five different stages of the malaria cycle. In groups they...

Malaria Challenge: Funding Decisions

From the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, this resource helps students to consider the allocations of funds to one or more malaria intervention projects. In groups they must discuss the pros and cons of different the projects and decide which should receive funding.

Students can use the Malaria Challenge...

Build a Bug Activity

This is a classroom-based activity from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute that allows students to explore the features of two bacterial pathogen genomes. The aim of this activity is to highlight the role of different genetic components in two closely related subspecies of Salmonella enterica, and to identify how...

MRSA Gene Hunt

This is a classroom-based activity from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute that allows students to explore the features of two bacterial pathogen genomes. The aim of the activity is to highlight the role of different genetic components in two strains of Staphylococcus aureus and to identify how these have led to...

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