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  • Do we use drugs responsibly? Does news about research on new drugs create false expectations? Should illegal drugs and alcoholic drinks come with information on recommended doses? With these documents, you will learn more about drugs and the long process of drug development, as well as their related ethical, legal and social issues.

    After learning about these issues, we invite you...

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  • Want to work on biotechnology and biomedicine content in an innovative way that stimulates enquiring minds and brings current research into the classroom?
    We propose a series of classroom activities based on a task commissioned by the scientific community to conduct an information campaign after learning all about biotechnology to help send out different messages to the ones we usually...

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  • Imagine if your doctor could determine your genetic profile from a sample of your saliva, to find out which diseases you have a higher risk of developing and to prescribe personalised preventive treatment with the exact dose you need for your personal profile. This could happen in the future thanks to advances in genomics. The more we discover about the genetic code, the more things we can use...

  • We invite you to find out all about malaria and some of the lines of research currently underway to eradicate the disease (from prevention to finding a vaccine). Once you have learned about the disease, you will imagine that you are at a summit to discuss the strategy for achieving a malaria-free world and adopt a stance on the issue. Once you have come to a decision about what needs to be...

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  • Mental health problems affect up to a third of people at some point in their lives. These problems can have a very serious impact on people's lives and well-being – not only because of the direct effect of the problem but also because of the stigma, lack of understanding and tolerance, employment problems and loss of civil rights that can accompany the problem.

    In groups of 8 to...

  • What is melanoma? How can it be prevented? How is it diagnosed and how is it treated? In this game, you get the chance to discuss the prevention and treatment of melanoma and the role that should be played by government agencies, such as the health authorities.

    How do we play this discussion game in the classroom? Students get into groups of 8 to 12 to discuss the issues on the...

  • Here you will find a protocol and a PowerPoint presentation to perform a bacterial transformation in a lab. The protocol follows a line of biomedical research focusing on the study of a possible therapeutic target that could be recognised by a drug for atherosclerosis.

    This experimental protocol is the ideal opportunity for you to reproduce an experiment exactly how it is done at...

  • Alzheimer's is a neurodegenerative disease that affects a person's mental abilities. The patient suffers progressive memory loss and is increasingly unable to perform even the most basic tasks. In the final stages of the disease, sufferers are confined to bed and depend entirely on the people around them. As yet, there is no cure for the disease.

    With this experimental protocol,...

  • Obesity is a complex disease involving multiple factors (genetic, environment, economic level, etc.). It also leads to many other diseases. In this game we propose a discussion of the ethical, legal and social issues related to the topic. Do you think people should be forced to treat their obesity? What role should governments play? Which lines of research should we prioritise? Should the...


  • 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...