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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...

Treating Genetic Conditions

This is a simple activity to introduce genetic conditions and how gene therapy is being developed to try to treat them. Students model the chromosomes in a nucleus and investigate the idea of gene transfer, before answering questions on a worksheet. This worksheet is part of a collection of materials based on...

Pesky Pathogens

This hands-on activity, aimed at students aged 11-14, will help students to understand how pathogens can make you ill. After a short role play activity, students answer the questions on the worksheet. This worksheet is part of a collection of materials based on...

Investigating the Cause

Aimed at students aged 11-14, this worksheet explores the causes of different illnesses, focusing on the contribution that DNA makes. The questions explore the role of DNA in health and how genes play a role in causing single-gene disorders and multifactorial conditions. The resource is part of a collection of...

Detecting Danger

This comprehension activity, aimed at students aged 11-14, looks at the role of the immune system in protecting us from infectious disease, and how it recognises the difference between the body (‘self’) and invader. This worksheet is part of a collection of materials based on...

I'm a Worm Get Me Out of Here

These resources allow students to explore natural selection using different coloured baits (spaghetti ‘worms’) that are selected and eaten by birds. Uneaten ‘worms’ are counted after predation and the ‘worm’ population is replenished in proportion to those colours which remain. After several cycles of predation and...

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