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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...

STEM Learning magazine: primary - summer 2016

This STEM Learning magazine aimed at all primary teachers contains articles devoted to teaching science, mathematics, design and technology and computing at primary level. Articles include: 

  • What does primary STEM look like?
  • Taking the next step in coding
  • Could the...

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...

STEM Learning magazine: secondary - summer 2016

Mathematics Subject Specialist, Michael Anderson, discusses the questions the Principia mission poses, as well as the range of support materials available to teachers as Tim Peake returns to Earth from the International Space Station.

Gill Collinson, Head of Centre, National STEM Learning Centre and Network...

The Scratch patch - substitution cipher

This project, exploring basic encryption, is a useful introduction to data security as well as iterating through strings to manipulate them. The program create a ‘substitution cipher’, one of the most basic forms of encryption. It also demonstrates that, for more complex chained commands, Scratch becomes rather...

The Scratch patch - error handling

This activity is an introduction to writing programs that can handle errors. It also helps students to understand number bases, by guiding them through the writing of a ‘base converter’ program.


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