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    I have been starting my epq lesson since November but I am still struggling to find a good epq topic in the area of Biochem/Biotech/Biomed to do a dissertation on it. So can anyone please help suggest me with some ideas. I would appreciate all your help!
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    Hi,

    I would genuinely like to help you - however, the range of possibilities is vast, so it would help if you were to mention any particular topics/syllabus items/broad body structures that you find interesting and/or enjoyable to study. Other ideas that would narrow down the scope are any diseases that a family member [obviously more likely an elderly relative or friend] has suffered OR that appeared on telly and you found fascinating.

    If you are able to provide the above info, I would be happy to suggest a few topics that you could look at and shortlist to one.

    M (specialist A level Biology tutor)
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    (Original post by macpatelgh)
    Hi,

    I would genuinely like to help you - however, the range of possibilities is vast, so it would help if you were to mention any particular topics/syllabus items/broad body structures that you find interesting and/or enjoyable to study. Other ideas that would narrow down the scope are any diseases that a family member [obviously more likely an elderly relative or friend] has suffered OR that appeared on telly and you found fascinating.

    If you are able to provide the above info, I would be happy to suggest a few topics that you could look at and shortlist to one.

    M (specialist A level Biology tutor)
    I am very interested in genetics field but I am afraid that the knowledge needed would be deep and far beyond A-levels which would make it hard for me to understand fully. Therefore, I am also looking for topics related to environment like bioplastics which I assume would be easier to understand.
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    From what you say, I assume you are studying at A level standard. My advice would be not to worry too much about the potential complexity - you can always keep your dissertation as simple or otherwise as you choose.

    (Also, sorry to keep getting you to come back to me, but if you can narrow down to some other branches of biology/biochemistry from the ideas given in my first reply, I can give you a little more choice of topics for your epq task.)

    If you do take the genetics option, consider the following:-

    1. {A TOPIC USING A SPECIFIC EXAMPLE OF A GENETIC CONDITION}: "The genetic basis and biochemical abnormalities associated with albinism and other disorders of the melanin synthesis pathway" - sounds complex, but you can talk about how the genetically transmitted (autosomal recessive transmission, which you will have come across if you are in A2 year) condition, albinism, is caused by a lack of one of the enzymes necessary for a step in the synthesis of the pigment melanin (so includes some biochemistry, too) that gives skin and hair their colour (more so in a guy like me who has a golden complexion haha!). Albinism makes a black person look almost white (btw, as a child, I used to observe such an albino in Kenya when passing through a town in the Rift Valley called Nakuru [you might have heard of Lake Nakuru which is famous for its tens of thousands of flamingos]). You could include chemical formulae of the synthesis of melanin, which involves the amino acids tyrosine and phenylalanine [aromatic amino acids i.e. they contain a benzene ring] AND you could touch on phenylketonuria, a condition caused by lack of a different enzyme in the same pathway [all newborn babies are screened for the latter condition, as it can cause brain damage and can be lethal].

    2. {A GENERAL GENETICS TOPIC}: "The Human Genome Project: its application in medicine, and the school of thought that places ethical limitations on gene therapy".

    Also please address the print in italics above, especially if you don't like the topics above. I would also be happy to provide you with leads to information sources and links to books/websites/research papers, etc to give you a headstart. Also, if you need help with planning or proofreading, don't hesitate to ask.

    Regards,
    M
 
 
 
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