Lesson Worksheet: Diagnosis and Medicines Biology

In this worksheet, we will practice outlining different sources of medicines, describing the role of biocomputing in drug design and personalized medicine, and explaining how monoclonal antibodies are used in medicine and diagnosis.


Medicines play a key role in the treatment of diseases.

True or False: Medicines can be used to treat both communicable and noncommunicable diseases.

  • AFalse
  • BTrue

True or False: Medicines can treat the symptoms of a disease, but none are able to cure a disease.

  • ATrue
  • BFalse

True or False: Most drugs are derived from substances found in plants or microorganisms.

  • ATrue
  • BFalse


The figure shows the foxglove plant, a source of one of the first medicines that were clinically tested for effectiveness over 200 years ago.

purple foxglove

The drug isolated from foxgloves is still in use today. What condition is it used to treat?

  • APain relief
  • BHeart failure
  • CCancer
  • DIndigestion
  • EBacterial infection

What is the name of the drug produced from this plant?

  • ADocetaxel
  • BDigoxin
  • CHerceptin
  • DAspirin
  • EVancomycin


The figure shows how an ELISA works. It can be used to detect HIV and the pathogens of other diseases.

Which letter corresponds to the enzyme?

  • AC
  • BB
  • CA
  • DD

How does this test show the amount of sample that is present?

  • ABy the UV emission of C
  • BBy the color intensity of the product
  • CBy the color intensity of C and D
  • DBy the color intensity of A
  • EBy the radioactivity emitted from the product

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