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Amazing Amylase Race

Graduate Fellow Alfred Chappell & Teacher Partner David Buse

Students are going to determine the quantity of amylase within our saliva by measuring the quantities of sugars produced as a result of the Benedict’s test. Students can also investigate how different environmental factors can impact the effectiveness of the enzyme. 

The amount of amylase that an individual generates in saliva is extremely variable. This is due to the discovery that some humans possess multiple gene copies for the amylase enzyme. Studies have shown that different populations of humans produce different amounts of amylase in their saliva.  

Student Worksheet

Alfred Teaching