Lesson Eight

Where is Biotechnology Headed??


Students understand the role that genes play in determining the unique characteristics of different organisms. In previous lessons, students have learned how genes can be isolated and then replicated using bacteria. In lesson 7, students learned that desired genes can be inserted into organisms to produce genetically modified crops by transgenics. They have defined selective breeding, biotechnology and GMOs. Now, in lesson 8, students will learn about one of the newest advancements in biotechnology — gene editing — and compare and contrast this technology to genetic engineering.

Length: 1 hour

Students will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast gene editing and genetic engineering

Next Generation Science Standards Addressed:

  • Disciplinary Core Ideas:
    1. LS3.A Inheritance of Traits
    2. LS3.B Variation of Traits

  • Practices:
    • Obtaining, Evaluating and Communicating Information

  • Cross-Cutting Concepts:
    Patterns: Observed patterns of forms and events guide organization and classification, and they prompt questions about relationships and the factors that influence them.

Common Core ELA Standards Addressed:

  • Writing Standards 6-12, Text Types and Purposes (2) Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts and information through selection, organization and analysis of relevant content.

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