Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sign in Create Account

BLOSSOMS - Discovering Medicines Using Robots & Computers with Anne Carpenter & Mark Bray

Video Summary: Scientists who are working to discover new medicines often use robots to prepare samples of cells, allowing them to test chemicals to identify those that might be used to treat diseases. Students will meet a scientist who works to identify new medicines. She created free software that "looks" at images of cells and determines which images show cells that have responded to the potential medicines. Students will learn about how this technology is currently enabling research to identify new antibiotics to treat tuberculosis. Students will complete hands-on activities that demonstrate how new medicines can be discovered using robots and computer software, starring the student as "the computer." In the process, the students learn about experimental design, including positive and negative controls. Students should have some introductory knowledge about the following topics: (1) biology: students should have a basic understanding of infection and good hygiene, they should know what bacteria and cells are; (2) chemistry: the students should know what a chemical compound (molecule) is. They should have an understanding that medicines, also called “drugs”, are chemical compounds; (3) basic experimental design: students should understand the terms “samples” and “testing”. All hand-outs necessary for this video lesson can be downloaded below.

Comments (10)

Section 1

Posted over 4 years by blossomsvideos 00:00:13

Section 2

Posted over 4 years by blossomsvideos 00:01:49

Section 3

Posted over 4 years by blossomsvideos 00:06:36

Section 4

Posted over 4 years by blossomsvideos 00:10:19

Section 5

Posted over 4 years by blossomsvideos 00:12:56

Section 6

Posted over 4 years by blossomsvideos 00:17:22

Section 7

Posted over 4 years by blossomsvideos 00:19:24

Section 8

Posted over 4 years by blossomsvideos 00:20:23

Section 9

Posted over 4 years by blossomsvideos 00:20:59

Teacher Guide

Posted over 4 years by blossomsvideos 00:23:01

You need to log in, in order to post comments. If you don’t have an account yet, sign up now!

July 10, 2009 14:19
All Rights Reserved (What is this?)
Additional Files

24164 times

More from Blended Learning Open Source Science or Math Studies (BLOSSOMS)

BLOSSOMS - Sequences (English Subtitles)

BLOSSOMS - Sequences (English Subti...

Added 3 years ago | 00:23:32 | 2308 views

BLOSSOMS - How Scientific Teams Develop New Anti-Cancer Drugs

BLOSSOMS - How Scientific Teams Dev...

Added over 2 years ago | 00:24:42 | 1493 views

BLOSSOMS - Plastics and Covalent Chemical Bonds (Arabic)

BLOSSOMS - Plastics and Covalent Ch...

Added 3 years ago | 00:29:20 | 2591 views

BLOSSOMS - Yeast, Molds and Mushrooms: Friends or Foes

BLOSSOMS - Yeast, Molds and Mushroo...

Added over 5 years ago | 00:24:29 | 18491 views

BLOSSOMS - Using Geometry to Design Simple Machines with Professor Daniel Frey (Arabic Voiceover)

BLOSSOMS - Using Geometry to Design...

Added over 4 years ago | 00:51:43 | 5014 views

BLOSSOMS - Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Portuguese Subtitles)

BLOSSOMS - Engineering Innovation a...

Added over 2 years ago | 00:34:04 | 1133 views