communicating the breadth & depth of chemistry’s impact on humankind

This film series shows the vital role the chemical sciences play in the biggest issues facing the world. Each film is accompanied by a lesson plan to integrate the science behind these innovations into the classroom.
Rewriting Life Video
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Rewriting Life

with David Liu, Harvard University
The CRISPR-Cas9 technology, and the subsequent research-based innovations stemming from its discovery, integrate chemistry and evolution to program and re-program biology. David Liu’s lab has taken the basics of CRISPR and innovated the technology from cutting DNA to actually chemically swapping its component base pairs.
Under the Skin Video
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Under The Skin

with Zhenan Bao, Stanford University

Stanford chemical engineers have created a synthetic skin that can stretch like rubber, carry electricity, and self-heal. Working with chemical bonds, Zhenan Bao’s lab has chemically developed an entirely new class of synthetic polymers in order to create a highly functional replication of human skin.

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Other Points of Interest

The Poison Squad (chemistry’s role in food safety)

A Crash Course in Organic Chemistry (by Jakob Magolan)

CRISPR-Cas9 Mechanism & Applications (interactive lesson & videos)

Human Nature (CRISPR-Cas9 documentary)

The Artificial Leaf (artificial photosynthesis)

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