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How Radioactive Isotopes Track Biological Molecules

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Isotopes of an element contain

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1. Radioactive isotopes are

2. Bacteria grown on media containing phosphorus-32 will incorporate radioactivity into what main cell component?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of the role radioactive isotopes play in tracking biological molecules. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding what isotopes of an element contain as well as what radioactive isotopes are.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • What isotopes of an element contain
  • Characteristics of radioactive isotopes
  • Where phosphorous-32 will go in bacteria cells
  • Main cell components that sulfur-35 will go in bacteria
  • Components of the cell that carbon-14 will go

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as radioactive isotopes
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related tracking biological molecules with radioactive isotopes lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding tracking molecules with radioactive isotopes

Additional Learning

To learn more about how scientists can track biological molecules, review the corresponding lesson How Radioactive Isotopes Track Biological Molecules. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Know what radioactive isotopes are
  • Understand the components of major macromolecules and their absorption characteristics of radioactive isotopes
  • Identify the different ways hydrogen-3, carbon-14, phosphorous-32 and sulfur-35 can be used to track biological molecules
  • Appreciate the benefits arising from using radioactive isotopes to track molecules within science
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