KS3/KS4 Computing: How computers changed medical research

Recent advances in computing has enabled biologists to sequence and decode the genomes of various species.

The use of a BBC newsreel and interviews highlight the increasing dependency of scientists on the storage and processing capabilities of computer systems and how this is being used to compare the genetic codes of bacteria to identify the source of infectious diseases such as cholera.

The clip also highlights some of the data storage and processing challenges associated with collecting, storing, and effectively and efficiently interrogating large data sets.

This clip is from the Megabits series.

Teacher Notes

This clip is useful when introducing students to measurements and unit of computer memory.

It can be used to help raise questions and discuss the importance of collecting, storing, and effectively and efficiently interrogating large amounts of data.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Computer Science for KS3, KS4 and GCSE and appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC in England and Wales, and SQA National 4, 5 and Higher in Scotland.

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