In this lesson, students explore ethical and social perspectives, model X-ray crystallography, and explore the science through LabXchange to assess the impacts these technologies and scientific discoveries have had on society. There is inter-dependence between science and technology; humans have long developed technology to help us better understand scientific phenomena. In turn, developments in technology drive scientific advances, creating a cycle. Sometimes these new developments can challenge previously existing beliefs and cultural ideas. Students will explore the interplay between science and technology, starting with X-ray crystallography and the discovery of the structure of DNA.
These materials were developed by an ABE Master Teacher as part of the ABE Master Teacher Fellowship.