Enabling students to understand and analyse contemporary issues in science and technology

A2 The scientific community Activities & Weblinks

Activities

The following activities develop ideas about the scientific community.
These ideas are also referred to in other activities.

3.1 A code of conduct for scientists
3.4 Why is the Arctic warming so fast?

Weblinks

Publication, peer review and patents
Information and a good set of activities on publication and peer review from Sense about Science.
http://www.senseaboutscience.net/

Explanation of patents and their benefits from the Intellectual Property Office
http://www.ipo.gov.uk/types/patent/p-about.htm

A discussion of genetics and patenting form the Human Genome Project
http://www.ornl.gov/sci/techresources/Human_Genome/elsi/patents.shtml#1

Article arguing for tighter rules on patenting of human genes
http://www.actionbioscience.org/genomic/crg.html

Ethical aspects of scientific research
A teaching activity ‘Are you a good scientist?’ from the Institute of Physics.
http://www.iop.org/activity/education/Teaching_Resources/Other%20Resources/Institute_of_Physics_Resources/page_21355.html

Collection of articles from Science Magazine on the fraudulent cloning claims from South Korea.
http://www.sciencemag.org/sciext/hwang2005/

Discussions of ethical dilemmas that might be faced by scientists from the American Physical Society
http://www.aps.org/programs/education/ethics/index.cfm