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Type: Activity
Learning Strategy: Case study
Topic: Infectious disease

As Ebola continues its relentless progress across the world scientists are quickly developing drugs and vaccines to fight it. In this activity students are asked if they would trial a new Ebola vaccine. They gather information from different sources, weigh up risks and benefits and apply what they know about genes to decide if it is a risk worth taking.

The Ebola activity comes from ENGAGE, the EU-wide project from the upd8 team.
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Published: 3rd November 2014
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Learning objectives

In this lesson students will weigh up risks and benefits and make a decision, using scientific knowledge of the function of genes.

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England National Curriculum KS3:
Working Scientifically: Scientific attitudes: Evaluate risks
Biology: Inheritance, chromosomes, DNA and genes: a simple model of chromosomes, genes and DNA in heredity

GCSE Combined Science subject content:
Working Scientifically: Development of scientific thinking: evaluate associated personal, social, economic and environmental implications; and make decisions based on the evaluation of evidence and arguments; evaluate risks both in practical science and the wider societal context
Biology: The genome and gene expression: explain the following terms:...chromosome, gene,...

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