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  • 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...

  • Engineer skin!

    Would you like to help treat a diabetic's ulcer? In this game we invite you to explore the structure of skin and to produce cells which will help Ana's wound to heal. The same method is also being used to try to obtain bone, cartilage and muscle cells. 

  • Plants to farm drugs

    Can plants act as drug “factories”? This video shows us a new line of research which involves using agrobacteria to produce drugs. Transgenic plants can be used to obtain drugs for treating illnesses like AIDS or other infectious or tropical diseases. 

  • Genomics: ethical issues

    Do we have the right to know if we will be struck down with an illness, or can we choose not to find out? Knowing can change the decisions we make. Do we need one single piece of legislation covering all countries in order to regulate access to this information? Listen to what these experts have to say and then share your opinion.

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

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