Year 7 Scholars investigate Jaundice

“Jaundice is a yellow discoloration of the skin, mucous membranes, and the whites of the eyes caused by increased amounts of bilirubin in the blood. Jaundice is a sign of an underlying disease process.”

Head of Chemistry Mr Copley, explained the causes at a molecular level and why exposure to sunlight and now artificial blue light is an effective cure.  Mr Copley used a molecular model to demonstrate the processes at work. Students enjoyed watching a video clip where the effect of the blue light was demonstrated on separating the bilirubin from a layer of fat into water where it could be dissolved.