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Edexcel GCE Biology
Unit 5: Energy, Exercise and Coordination
8.4 Topic 8: Grey matter
Explain how imbalances in certain naturally occurring brain chemicals can contribute to ill health (e.g. dopamine in Parkinson’s disease and serotonin in depression) and to the development of new drugs and the social, moral and ethical issues this raises.
Discuss how the outcomes of the Human Genome Project are being used in the development of new drugs and the social, moral and ethical issues this raises.
Describe how drugs can be produced using genetically modified organisms (plants and animals and microorganisms).
OCR GCE Biology
Unit F211: Cells, Exchange and Transport
1.1.2 Cell membranes
Understanding [their] ability to communicate is important as scientists increasingly make use of membrane-bound receptors as sites for the action of medicinal drugs.
Understanding how different substances enter cells is also crucial to the development of mechanisms for the administration of drugs.
Unit F212: Molecules, Biodiversity, Food and Health
Knowledge of how enzymes work allows an understanding of the action of metabolic poisons and some drugs.
Unit F215: Control, Genomes and Environment
Biotechnology uses microorganisms and enzymes to make useful products.
SQA Higher Biology
Analysis of an individual’s genome may lead to personalised medicine through knowledge of the genetic component of risk of disease and likelihood of success of a particular treatment.
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