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Biology lecturer giving summaries of key concepts in the biological sciences. Primarily for my students, but all listeners are welcome.
Farewell and good luck to you all for wherever the future takes you. You made me a better teacher.
Last-minute hints and tips for the final exam.
Discuss the risks and benefits associated with the use of genetically modified organisms.
Describe how drugs can be produced using genetically modified organisms (plants and animals and micro organisms).
Discuss how the outcomes of the Human Genome Project are being used in the development of new drugs and the social, moral and ethical issues this raises.
Explain the effects of drugs on synaptic transmissions, including the use of L-Dopa in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and the action of MDMA in ecstasy.
Explain how imbalances in certain, naturally occurring, brain chemicals can contribute to ill health (e.g. dopamine in Parkinson’s disease and serotonin in depression) and to the development of new drugs.
Discuss the moral and ethical issues relating to the use of animals in medical research from two ethical standpoints.
Describe how to investigate habituation to a stimulus.
Describe how animals, including humans, can learn by habituation.
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