In this lesson, students explore ethical and social perspectives, model X-ray crystallography, and explore the science through LabXchange to assess the impacts these technologies and scientific discoveries have had on society. There is inter-dependence between science and technology; humans have long developed technology to help us better understand scientific phenomena. In turn, developments in technology drive scientific advances, creating a cycle. Sometimes these new developments can challenge previously existing beliefs and cultural ideas. Students will explore the interplay between science and technology, starting with X-ray crystallography and the discovery of the structure of DNA.
These materials were developed by ABE Master Teacher Fellow Aidan Johnson of ABE Australia as part of the ABE Master Teacher Fellowship.
Biotech & Society