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Genetics: Ethics of Genetic Engineering

Through these links, students learn about the ethics of genetic engineering. Learn about the “difference between human cloning, therapeutic cloning, and stem cell research.”
Included are ethemes resources on basic genetics, Punnett Squares, and DNA.


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In this activity, student teams research how stem cells become specialized cells. A teacher's guide is provided.
This lesson plan provides activities, discussion, and writing to understand the pros and cons of cloning.
This interactive activity provides information for students to learn which stem cells can be used to treat humans. Background information, discussion questions and related resources are given.
This video from MIT provides an explanation of how genetic engineering works and how vaccines were developed from this research.
Use this stem cell article with students from the online magazine, "Science News for Kids". Additional lines, a word find and questions about the article are provided.
Use this online magazine to read about the ethics of cloning animals. Additional links and further reading are included. A word find and questions about the article for students are provided.
This site has general information on GM foods. Students can click on "20 Questions on Genetically Modified Foods."
Read this article by Dr. Ronald M. Green. The article was adapted from his book "The Human Embryo Research Debates: Bioethics in the Vortex of Controversy."
This site has links to many news stories on GM food. Some of the stories are free and some are not. NOTE: The site includes ads.
This site explains what cloning is and the recent successes in animal cloning. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Students can read about the "Cloning Debate." Learn about the "difference between human cloning, therapeutic cloning, and stem cell research."
Students can read or listen to this discussion on religion and the stem cell debate.
This site provides information on the 2001 debate on stem cells. Bill Frist and Arlen Specter take opposing sides. The segment can be watched in streaming video.
The National Health Museum presents this information.
Students can try this experiment titled "The Biodegradation of Oil by Aerobic Bacteria."
The National Institute of Health provides this information.
This high school student provides some thought provoking questions.
Learn about basics of genetics and the father of genetics Gregor Mendel. Find out what the heredity is, what genotype and phenotype are. Learn about different types of crossing and breading, traits, genes, and chromosomes. Includes animated movie, matching and concentration games, quizzes, and flashcards.
Learn about the Punnett squares chart and how it is used for successful breeding and predictions of certain traits. Learn about incomplete dominance and codominance, dominant and recessive alleles, genotype and phenotype. Includes interactive Punnett's squares charts, quizzes, problems, matching, and concentration games.
Learn about DeoxyriboNucleic Acid or commonly known as DNA. Discover importance of DNA strand, chromosomes, and genes. Read about people who worked on discoveries in the past on what scientists are able to achieve today. Find out how many of the same chromosomes people share with each other and the rest of living creatures. Learn about the Human Genome Project and surrounding it issues. Includes online quizzes, interactive tours, 3D animations, and video clips.

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