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thumbnail It's true that the light from the Sun provides the heat and light we need to survive here on Earth, but it also poses a threat. Ultraviolet (UV) rays in sunlight cause damage that can lead to early skin aging and even skin cancer. In this science fair project, find out when you need the most protection from UV rays by using a personal UV monitor to measure how the level of ultraviolet light changes during different parts of the day. Read more
HumBio_p028
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Time Required Short (2-5 days)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability You will need to order a personal UV monitor online. Please see the Materials and Equipment list for details.
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety Do not look at the Sun when you are measuring the UV level. Wear sunscreen when you are in the sunlight.
Science Fair Project Idea
Though the Sun provides heat and light, which are essential for life on Earth, ultraviolet (UV) rays in sunlight can cause damage to DNA. In this science fair project, you will experiment with a strain of yeast that is super-sensitive to UV light. This project will demonstrate the lethal effects of UV light when DNA damage is not repaired. Read more
BioChem_p036
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Time Required Long (2-4 weeks)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability You will need to order a UV-sensitive yeast kit online. See the Materials and Equipment list for details. Note: You might have to have the yeast delivered to a school if the company does not deliver to residential addresses.
Cost High ($100 - $150)
Safety Pouring hot agar plates should be done with caution.
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Cancer testing Cancer testing Hello, I am doing a project about cancer, using a compound (my partner doesn't want me to say it) that is normally used intravenously. I was wondering how we could test this on cancer cells and where we could get these cancer cells from. Re: Cancer testing Hi, Welcome to Science Buddies! This sounds like a great project. The best way to test a novel compound to see if it effective against cancer cells would be with cells grown in tissue culture http Read more
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Plant cancer Plant cancer Hi! My name is Tony and I am currently working on a science fair project with my partner. It is about finding a possible preventive anti-carcinogen for plant cancer caused by the Agrobacterium Tumefaciens bacteria (crown gall). I will first expose healthy bean plants to an anti-carcinogen extract (turmeric, oregano, and Vitamin C) and then give it the cancer. I will see the percent of plants that get prevented from the cancer. However, I have some questions about my Read more
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Cancer Bio-informatics project Cancer Bio-informatics project Hello to all, I am conducting a bio-informatics project relating to image processing of cancer. Does anyone know where I can find a comprehensive database of sample pictures? Aside from National Cancer Institute, I was wondering if I missed any popular source of these images. Thank you very much, Eric Jang Re: Cancer Bio-informatics project Hi Eric, This is not my area of expertise, but here are a couple online sources of Read more
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Cancer Genome Anatomy Project Cancer Genome Anatomy Project Hi, I am doing the Cancer Genome Anatomy Project. I wanted to know what am I really able to test with SAGE Genie. Which questions regarding genes can be answered using SAGE Genie? Re: Cancer Genome Anatomy Project Hi Science1234, Would you be able to provide more background on your project. The SAGE Genie is not a test. It is a software tool used to study gene expression (or how and when genes are turned into proteins). Re Read more
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Detecting Cancer Cells Detecting Cancer Cells Hello everyone! My partner and I saw an article about a dog having the ability to detect cancer. We want to find out whether the cancer cells are giving out a specific scent that only dogs can smell, or is it only a few certain dogs that have the ability to do so. We are planning to experiment on this by growing our own cancer cells and have a few different dogs smell them and see if there is any reactions compare to normal cells. Is this a Read more
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Cancer Genome Anatomy Project Re: Cancer Genome Anatomy Project Questions Hello Emily, There is a ton of data around cancer research on the internet. I would suggest going a search for the gene you are interested in and see what comes up. You can also find out more information about oncogenes if you search wikipedia. I don't know when the NIH will get back to you so it might be good to have a back up plan in case they don't respond to you in time. Hope this helps get you started Read more
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Cancer Project Idea Cancer Project Idea Hi Everybody, I would like to design and complete a cancer research project. I've already looked at the Science Buddies experiments and various science fair projects from before. Does anybody have any ideas? In the past, I have tested various chemicals on cancer cells in vitro. This year, I am also interested in gene expression. Thanks! Researcher3 Re: Cancer Project Idea Hi, It's very good that you are starting early on your project! Since you Read more
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pH and Cancer pH and Cancer Can having an acidic pH lead to cancer? What effect does acidic pH have on cancer? Re: pH and Cancer Hi Joselle, I am not completely sure if pH differences have an effect on cancer. Let me tell you a little about pH in the body, for background. The body is separated into different organ systems, based on their function. The pH of the stomach is much lower than the pH in other parts of the body. Generally in the body the pH remains near 7 (in order for Read more
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