Nanotechnology and Cancer Treatments

Information on the biomedical use of nanotechnology, specifically in the detection and treatment of cancer, is the focus of a lesson that seems like it is out of a science fiction novel. Pupils learn about electrophoresis, which is used to determine whether a quantum dot has the cancer treatment attached.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have groups research the use of nanotechnology in cancer treatments and present their findings
  • Get the lab groups to write up a report on how the virtual lab connects to the idea of nanotechnology
Classroom Considerations

  • Each member of the class needs access to a computer to complete the virtual lab
  • The fifth segment in a six-part series

  • The handouts are in docx, making them easy to modify
  • Includes an alternative virtual lab website

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