Inquiry into cell function using microscopy imaging pre- and post-tasks

Program - Inquiry into cell function using microscopy imaging (VCE Biology Unit 1)

Pre-task before students visit GTAC

Duration of task - 45 minutes

Cells are microscopically small yet complex features of living organisms. Students will explore the structure and function of cell components, and compare the similarities and differences between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. They will investigate how to mathematically convert between millimetre and micrometre units of length and use scale bars to estimate cell size.

This activity includes videos and interactives to test student knowledge about the appearance and function of organelles. It also has a digital worksheet that directs students to the first webpage for the resource and provides spaces for them to record responses.

Please note that the digital worksheet may not function correctly on certain tablets or mobile devices.

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Post task after students visit GTAC

Mitochondrial diseases are genetically inherited conditions that can be prevented using assisted reproductive technologies.

Some forms of mitochondrial disease are always inherited from affected mothers due to affected mitochondria being passed on through the mother’s egg.  Assisted reproductive techniques can replace mitochondria from affected mothers’ eggs with healthy mitochondria from a donor egg cell.

In this task, students critically explore the bioethics of mitochondrial donation.  They delve into how mitochondrial donation can be used to prevent mitochondrial disease and apply ethical concepts and approaches to class discussion questions.

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