Uses of monoclonal antibodies lesson created in accordance to the NEW AQA Specification (9-1). Designed for a higher ability SEPARATE (trilogy) class, although content can be adjusted to suit any ability. Includes: slide animations, embedded videos,questions with answers on slides and homework, with mark scheme.
NB: This resource is for separate science only
AQA spec link: 18.104.22.168
Relevant chapter: B6 Preventing and treating diseases. AQA Biology third edition textbook-Page 107-109
Specification requires students to know the following;
Students should be able to describe some of the ways in which monoclonal antibodies can be used.
•To treat some diseases: for cancer the monoclonal antibody can be bound to a radioactive substance, a toxic drug or a chemical which stops cells growing and dividing. It delivers the substance to the cancer cells without harming other cells in the body.
Students are not expected to recall any specific tests or treatments but given appropriate information they should be able to explain how they work.
Monoclonal antibodies create more side effects than expected. They are not yet as widely used as everyone hoped when they were first developed.