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Importance of Deep-Sea Ecosystems – The Benthic Drugstore

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You never know what you will find next in the deep sea ecosystem. So far, scientists have found items that work as anti-tumor agents, anti-inflammatory agents, agents that stop uncontrolled cell division, and much more. The lesson begins with a discussion and review of these ecosystems. Then scholars divide into groups to research various items that are being tested or used medicinally. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Review the function of microtubules before beginning the research portion of the lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • Large board presentation format could work with a chalk board, white board, smart board, bulletin board, or a projector with transparencies
  • Requires prior knowledge of chemosynthesis
  • Each group needs Internet access for research
  • Lesson is the 10th in a 16-part series
  • Provides four pages of extension ideas including related lessons, links, and resources
  • Suggests a list of chemicals to research and the correct answers for those chemicals
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