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  • The process from carrying out research on a new drug until it is finally approved for sale in pharmacies is long, complex and requires considerable investment. This discussion game gives you the chance to talk over the ethical, legal and socioeconomic factors involved in the discovery and subsequent development of new drugs. These include such topics as pharmaceutical testing, investment...

  • Malaria is a common parasitic disease transmitted from person to person by mosquitoes. Three billion people are at risk of catching malaria, which caused 800,000 deaths worldwide in 2010. The WHO estimates that €4 billion will be needed to fight malaria in 2015. But how should the money be spent if we only manage to raise €3.500 billion of the €4 billion needed? Would you cut the funding...

  • In this debating game, young people get the chance to discuss ways to prevent HIV, who has access to treatment and how to overcome the stigma and discrimination of infected people.

    In many parts of the world, the treatment is expensive and hard to obtain; even in regions where there is effective prevention and treatment, the mental perception of the risk and social vulnerability...

  • This document provides information on the multimedia resources (videos, games, virtual experiments) available for this module on the Xplore Health site. For each tool, you will find teaching guidelines and an explanation of how to use them in class.

  • By following this protocol, you can take part in research to develop a vaccine that could be used to protect us from HIV and to help people who are already infected. You will analyse different variants of HIV and a real vaccine candidate from an AIDS research centre using a technique called electrophoresis. You will study whether the vaccine candidate would work against all variants of HIV....

  • By following this protocol, you can take part in research to develop a vaccine against malaria that, when combined with current measures, could significantly improve the control of this major parasitic disease. You will test several potential vaccines using a technique called ELISA and decide which is the most effective.

    This experimental protocol is the ideal opportunity for you...

  • Family history plays a very important role in the predisposition to obesity (and type 2 diabetes). Scientists base their research on the comparison between the DNA of obese and diabetic people with the DNA of healthy individuals; to do this, they need to extract the DNA from the cells. With this protocol, you can extract DNA from your cells quickly and easily.


    This experimental...

  • Biotechnology allows us to see and even modify the most intimate characteristics of living beings: the ones that form their genome. However, this begs the question as to whether it is right to let scientists alter and create organisms. What limits should be placed on the selection and implantation of embryos? What impact does biotechnology have on developing countries? To what extent do we...


  • What role does pharmaceutical treatment play and how can patients be given access to different types of treatment? This discussion game offers young people the chance to investigate topics such as overmedication, vaccination and alternative or complementary medicine. We'll also be asking you to look carefully at a series of statements and situations related to the ethical and social...

  • This document gives an overview of the current situation of biomedical research in this field, including its related ethical, legal and social issues.

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