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Grow your own body

  • Key Stage 3
  • Topical

Type: Activity
Learning Strategy: Case study
Topic: Cells

As people live longer the demand for new organs to replace failed ones increases. One possible solution is to build new organs in a dish from cells taken from the patient's own body. Students use evidence from case studies to work out if this is possible and then to decide whether this new technology offers a good alternative to transplants.

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Published: 5th November 2014
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Learning objectives

In this lesson students will:
Apply knowledge about cells, tissues and organs in a new context.
Access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information to decide if a new technology will be possible in the next ten years.

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England National Curriculum KS3:
Working Scientifically: Recognise applications of specific scientific ideas
Access, evaluate and synthesise information in order to justify a decision based on new technology
Biology: Cells and organisation: the hierarchical organisation of multicellular organisms: from cells to tissues to organs to systems to organisms

GCSE Combined Science subject content:
Working Scientifically: Development of scientific thinking: explain everyday and technological applications of science; evaluate associated personal, social, economic and environmental implications; and make decisions
based on the evaluation of evidence and arguments
Biology: Growth and development of cells: discuss potential benefits and risks associated with the use of stem cells in medicine

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