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Newsletter – February 2016

The race is on to control the Zika virus and to develop a vaccine. Use Biotechnology and Science Learning Hub resources to explore the spread and control of diseases.

Explore topical issues with resources from the Biotechnology and Science Learning Hubs.

Zika virus and biotechnology

The race is on to control the Zika virus and to develop a vaccine. Use Biotechnology and Science Learning Hub resources to explore the spread and control of diseases.

The Hubs have articles on the immune system, virus strains and the spread and control of infections. The student activity Spreading diseases models how a virus spreads through a group.

Internationally, work is under way to urgently produce a vaccine for the Zika virus.

Find out more about vaccines and their history. Consider the design, feasibility and legal aspects when developing a product like a vaccine.

The Zika virus vaccine has an added complication – its target profile is pregnant women, who are usually exempt from medical trials. Our bioethics resources provide ethical analysis frameworks and worksheets for exploring ethical issues.

Updates to the Biotechnology Hub

We’re busy converting our animations to make them accessible on mobile devices. Updated content includes Making taewa snacks, Cheese: a molecular view, Microencapsulating fish oil, Directed evolution and Prodrug therapy.

If there is a favourite animation you’d like to nominate for conversion, please contact us.

Join us in the Pond

Explore combined Hub resources via the Pond and Pinterest. Our buckets and boards make it easier to browse by topic or concept. We plan to hold a webinar about Pond on 3 March 2016. Keep an eye on the Science Learning Hub’s Professional Development section for webinar details.

Contact us

We’d love to hear how you’re using Hub resources in the classroom. Please email enquiries@biotechlearn.org.nz, and we’ll be in touch.

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Best wishes
The Biotechnology Learning Hub team
www.biotechlearn.org.nz

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