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The Placebo Effect

This investigation, provided by Planet Science, covers three lessons. The aim of the lessons is to introduce students to the concept of the placebo effect - that something which cannot have any effect does in fact have the same or similar effect as the drug or experiment being tested. This is usually due to the...

Let’s Get Detoxed: Scientific Claims from Advertising

This resource, from Planet Science, examines the claims made by AquaDetox that toxins can be extracted from the body by electrolysis of a salt solution in which feet are bathed. The lesson activities revise the way in which toxins are removed from the body naturally and use practical work to investigate and...

Biomedical Horizons

Biomedical Horizons is a multi-pronged project, funded by the Wellcome Trust, designed to raise awareness and spark discussion about the biomedical sciences – from pursuing a career to their role within society.

The aim of this resource is to:
* raise awareness of biomedical sciences and the variety...

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This resource from the Citizen Science project is designed to support Key Stage Three students in debating the social, political and health issues surrounding alcohol consumption.The social and biological effects of alcohol form an important topic for young people to discuss. The marketing of alcohol, underage...

Investigating Plant Growth: Growing Radishes in Film Cans

One of a series from Science & Plants for Schools (SAPS) investigating key topics in plant biology. This practical introduces a simple method to grow radishes, for investigations into the effect of a range of factors on plant growth, including levels of pollutants, nutrients, or light levels and temperature....

TLC for Plant Pigments Involved in Photosynthesis

One of a series of resources from Science & Plants for Schools (SAPS) investigating key topics in plant biology. This reliable and enjoyable practical gives students the opportunity to observe the different pigments involved in photosynthesis using thin layer chromatography (TLC). A low-cost method to get the...

Investigating Photosynthesis: Can Leaf Discs Make Starch in the Dark?

One of a series of resources from Science & Plants for Schools (SAPS) investigating key topics in plant biology. In this practical activity, students to investigate the role of light in starch production in leaves during the process of photosynthesis. By using leaf discs rather than whole leaves, a number of...

Case Study: Buying Medicines Online

In this resource students apply ethical values to a hypothetical situation. A range of medicines are available to order on the internet, either with or without a prescription. The resource begins by summarising relevant legislation and looking at what medicines are often bought online. Students are then given a...

Case Study: Genetic Profiling

In this resource students look at the ethical issues surrounding the ability of people to pay for a DNA analysis service to find out their personal susceptibility to certain diseases and conditions. The resource gives information about genetic conditions which can be profiled in this way. It then gives a scenario...

The Ethics of Personalised Healthcare

In this resource students consider the ethical values of personalised healthcare. The Council reported that there are five widely acknowledged ethical values are identified that should be taken into consideration when weighing up the potential harms and benefits of developments in personalised healthcare:

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