Race to Find the Cure


This activity simulates the extraction, identification, and separation of chemicals in or on plants using chromatography. Students work in groups representing different pharmaceutical companies racing to find the miracle cure for cancer.

This activity is a modification of "Isolation of Synthetic Chemicals from Plant Leaves" from Chemicals in the Environment Activities, Project LABS - Learning About Basic Science. Original Developers were: Andrea Martin, Abington Friends School, Jenkintown, PA; Dr. Paul Reibach & Dr. Diana Bender, Rohm & Haas Company, Spring House, PA.

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Creation Date: June 2005
Last Updated: December 1, 2021