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Timeline and Due Dates

Feb 26

Start project – choose topic and groups

Feb. 27

Research how your genetic engineering works

Feb. 28

Explanation of how genetic engineering works due at end of hour

March 1 &2

Find pro and con information

March 5 & 6

Develop presentation for funding groups

March 7 & 8

Presentations

 

 

Created By

Anne Harvey, OMS Librarian

Genetics Project

Genetic Scenarios

Genetics Unit Project Topics

  1.  Genetically engineered foods (GMOs) - boast a wide-range of benefits, but are they safe? State both sides of the issue and then be prepared to state your opinion.
  2.  Genetic engineering plants/animals to contain genes that will improve quality of life. (Vaccines in plants, scorpion/spider venom to protect them from pests, mosquitos not spreading disease). These would be plants/animals that are not used for food.  If they were altered for food that would be the GMO.   State both sides of the issue and then be prepared to state your opinion.
  3. Gene Therapy - has the potential to cure diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and cancer…But the technology could potentially be used to make “designer” babies where parents choose various traits of their offspring…sex, eye color, height before they are born. State both sides of the issue and then be prepared to state your opinion
  4.  Genetic engineering – Organ transplant - Brian Jackson (age 42), father of 4, has severe heart disease. At this time, no human hearts are available for transplant. He is the first human recipient of a heart from a genetically engineered pig. There are groups of people who are for and groups of people that are against this technology. State both sides of this issue and then be prepared to state your opinion. 
  5.  Genetic engineering - Growth Hormone - The scene: Janet Cooper, a genetic engineer, arrives home very excited. She has managed to transfer some cattle growth hormone genes into a chicken. She tells her husband and teenage children that now chickens will grow even faster. They can slaughter more chickens per year and make more money. State both sides of the issue and then be prepared to state your opinion.

7. This is the Google Doc link:https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hXAUonDgKCTpNfzeToMhaZZ3F_Skh3u6M4-UQcsbL0E/copy

This is a copy. Change the name to your name. If you would like you may share it with your partners.

Google Doc. Research Notes

Copy your Google Doc. Notes to your Drive. 

Rename: Last Name-Hour-Genetics

Share with your teacher:  VAPeters@bluevalleyk12.org

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