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Bacteria Safari: Forest on your Fingernail
Wednesday 17th Oct 2018, 09.00am

Bacteria Safari: The Forest on your Fingernail

What on Earth can tiny microorganisms tell us about the animal and plant life around us? Bacteria are tiny organisms that exist everywhere; including on us! Watch this animation...

Researchers at the University of Oxford are study how bacteria live together, interact or compete, and hope to test theories about how much larger species interact. In these resources, inspired by this research, students devise a method to test whether the microorganisms in probiotics make it to the stomach alive (KS3), looks at how antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria develop (KS4), research what drives competitions or cooperation in animals (KS4), and read a research paper to consider evidence around how the microbiome can effect mood (KS5).
KS3 - Beneficial Bacteria
KS4 - Alternative Antibiotics
KS4 - Cooperate or Compete
KS5 - Gut Feeling
Probiotics contain species of these bacteria but do they actually work to increase their population in our intestines? This activity is suitable for extending the more able students. They plan an investigation to collect evidence before evaluating how valid their data would be.
In this activity students use a model to understand how antibiotic resistant bacteria develop and then investigate a possible solution.
Some groups of organisms live in harmony, sharing and helping each other. Whilst others fight for their share of resources – what drives organisms to cooperate or compete?In this lesson students find out why the work of microbiologists at The University of Oxford is helping to answer this question. This lesson is best used after students have studied competition between organisms. The main activity can be carried out for homework.
In this activity students read an extract from a paper written by microbiologists and The University of Oxford to understand how bacteria can influence our thoughts and feelings – are they trying to manipulate their hosts for their own benefit or is this simply a side-effect?
How to read DNA
Thursday 23rd Nov 2017, 09.00am

How to read DNA

Reading DNA, the instruction book inside of all our cells, is an important way to learn about what makes us who we are. However, not every research group has the expertise and equipment necessary to do this, which is where the ...

In these resources, inpsired by the work at the Oxford Genomics Centre, students create a banner of representing the timeline of DNA discoveries (KS3), take the role of a genetic counsellor (KS4), create media to help people make an informed decision on whether to have a genetic test (KS4) and carry out research to create an information sheet on genetic testing (KS5).
KS3 - DNA Discoveries
KS4 - Genetic Counselling
KS4 - Testing Your DNA
KS5 - Gentoyping
In this activity students work in groups to create banner representing the timeline of DNA discoveries and find out how our understanding of DNA has progressed from the 1800s to the present day.
This activity is suitable for extending the more able and asks students to take the role of a genetic counsellor advising someone who has the faulty BRAC1 gene and therefore an increased risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.
In this activity students think about what genetic tests can show, and if they would consider having one. They create media to help people make an informed decision on whether to have a genetic test.
In this activity students research into how genetic tests are carried out and what the information from them can be used. They create an information sheet to help people make an informed decision on whether to have a genetic test.