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  • A shelter from malaria

    Different researchers explain a new research project which aims to find the best candidate as a vaccine against malaria. The project investigates the mechanisms by which the vaccine works against malaria in order to try to find a key to fixing this worldwide problem. 

  • Skin cancer: ethical issues

    Would you undergo a test that could tell you if you were going to develop melanoma? Would you want others to know? What can industry and the government do? What is the best protection? 

    These are just a few of the questions put to one skin cancer sufferer and several experts in this video. What about you? What do you think? 

  • Investigate a suspect skin growth

    How would you like to enter this virtual laboratory and carry out a biopsy on skin tissue using the right surgical materials? Afterwards you'll be able to check if the tissue is cancerous. You'll discover all about the different treatments for melanoma and the characteristics of suspicious moles. 

  • Looking for genes in the lab

    In this video, we find out more about a research project on the causes of melanoma. By studying familial malignant melanoma and the affected genes, scientists are trying to prevent or diagnose cases of melanoma before they develop in order to cure the disease. 

     

  • Skin cancer exposed

    In this video, a physicist and a doctor explain to us different techniques for the early detection of skin cancer. Thanks to this new technology, one day your GP might be able to diagnose melanoma early without having to cut into the skin. 

  • Biotechnology and ethics

    Should we limit what science can do? Is it ethical to create artificial life or select embryos in order to improve quality of life? Different experts from around the world give us their opinions on these questions. What about you? What do you think? 

  • Discover the organism that best produces the EPO protein!

    Phase 3: Once you've produced the protein, you can extract it and use electrophoresis to find out which organism produces it in the greatest quantities so that it can be used to “manufacture” the drug.

    Afterwards, you'll need to do some animal and human testing. 

  • Produce a protein using different organisms!

    Phase 2: You can now synthesis the protein using the bacteria and plant and animal cells if you follow the correct protocols and select the optimum conditions for carrying out the experiment. 

    (Remember to save the required temperatures for moving onto the next...

  • Check that you have the correct DNA sample for your research!

    Phase 1: With the genetic material necessary for producing EPO to hand, you'll be invited to perform translation in order to obtain the protein. With the help of the computer you'll then check if you've obtained the desired protein and will know if the genetic material is fit for purpose. 

    Once you've done that you can move onto phase 2. You'll need to save your DNA sequence for...

  • Use organisms to grow a drug against anaemia!

    Would you like to help Pepe cure his anaemia? In this game you'll be producing EPO, a protein which helps in the formation of red blood cells and can therefore be used as a drug to treat anaemia.

    There are three parts to the game: ensuring the DNA is correct, synthesising the protein and then selecting the right organism for producing the drug. It is perfect for finding out more about...