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  • HIV: ethical issues

    What are the difficulties associated with treatments for AIDS? What shortfalls do prevention campaigns suffer from? Why are there so many people who are infected but don't know they are? Do you think sex education is sufficient? In this video, a patient, a researcher and a doctor give us their opinions. What about you? What do you think?

  • Participate in the research to find a vaccine for HIV!

    In this experiment you'll be able to research a vaccine against HIV, designing the different phases of the experiment and visiting a virtual laboratory which will help you. Finally you'll find out more about the difficulties in finding a vaccine. 

  • It takes guts

    In the case of obese patients who do not respond to diets or drugs, there's always the option of surgery. Do you dare have a go at performing a gastric bypass operation and connecting the new pouch to the small intestine? This operation is called gastric bypass surgery and has a series of consequences which you'll learn all about.

  • Malaria: ethical issues

    In this video, different experts explain the relationship between malaria and poverty and tell us which factors are stopping the disease from being eradicated completely. They tell us about the difficulty in obtaining drugs and about safe, effective preventive measures, but also the lack of political willingness and economic means to do anything. What about you? What do you think? 

  • Investigate a malaria vaccine

    How would you like to investigate the different parasite proteins in this laboratory to find out which provokes the strongest immune response? This is the vaccine candidate we're looking for! You'll travel around the world to find different blood samples in order to carry out your experiment. 

  • 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...