Biotechnology Resources for 8
Use the following list of resources to investigate potential topics for your research project.
You may use these and other sources of your choice to complete the research for your topic.
Engineering and Biotechnology News
links to several GMO articles
The home page
Links to cloning articles
Iowa Public Televisio
Link to a Genetic Engineering video
Timeline and Other Information
Human Genome Project
Genetically Modified Organisms
Ethical and Legal Issues
University of Utah Great site
Stem Cell Page
Genetics and Society
Non Profit website that focuses on
governance of gen
The ‘About Us’ page; info on staff and
NOVA Science Now
PBS NOVA site; many resources
Use your login and password to access resources
Harvest of Fear
Interactive website that presents a balanced view of
SCITable by Nature Education
Searchable website sponsored by Nature Scientific Journal
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture
Home page for the UK College of Ag
about GMO’s from the university
Resources for Genetically Modified Organisms:
Use the fo
llowing resources with caution. These resources are either for or against
GMS’s, and do not provide a balanced viewpoint. Be sure to review the website sponsors, writer
s of articles and contributors.
Biotechnology/Genetics Research Project
Genetic research and biotechnology advances have brought us to a new frontier in Science.
Genetic Mapping, Stem Cell Research, Cloning, Genetically Modified Organisms, Gene Patenting,
Gene Therapy vs Gene Enhancement, Cell and Tissue Rights
, Embryo genetic manipulation.
These new biotec
hnologies have the potential for great benefit to society:
cure diseases, early identification of
genetic abnormalities; therapies for disease and injury, create crops and animals t
hat can grow faster and yield
These new biotechnologies may also have potential for unintended consequences and misuse.
What limits should be placed on these advances, if any?
Who would decide the limits?
If gene therapies are available for curing potential disease in infancy
, should parents be required to use
Who decides if the risk is acceptable?
tic mapping shows that a particular race is prone to a disease, should the government restrict thei
r activities or
Genetic mapping can identify the potenti
al for future disease.
If a person is shown to be prone to heart disease or
diabetes, should t
step in and require a certain d
iet or activity level?
Genetic mapping may
show a potential for identifying
. How would this be used?
Should we be allowed to check
an embryo for
genetic defects or disease?
The same technology
us to select
embryos for physical features such as
hair and eye color. Should that be allowed? How would limits be set? Who
get to set those limits?
Genetically modified organisms are grown for food in restricted areas. What happens if th
ese organisms are introduced
into natural ecosystems?
Genetically modified organisms and cloned animals are being introduced into the world food supply. Is there enough
research data to determine if these organisms are safe for human consumption? There ar
e currently no legal
requirements to label these products. Should these products be labeled?
Stem cell research
uses embryonic and adult stem cells to develop therapies for injury and disease. We now have the
ability to manipulate adult stem cells to act
more like embryonic stem cells. Should stem cell research be banned or
Cells and tissues
taken from people without their consent
have been used to advanc
e scientific research; in some
companies, doctors or scientists have made conside
rable financial gain from this research
. Do the donors have a
right to their own tissues and cells? Should donors or their families be entitled to financial compensation?
If a company spends millions to identify a certain gene that may be treated to preven
t or cure disease, should they be
allowed to patent the gene? If a company develops a test, cure or therapy for a
gene that causes
should they be allowed to patent the
Your Mission is to exp
lore the resources provided,
investigate some of the above
one that you would like to research in depth.
(You may research another topic of your choice, with
approval from Ms Annucci.)
You will research your issue from the perspective of a prosecuting attorney (
against the issue) and a
defense attorney (for the issue). You will also analyze both perspectives and render your official
judgment, from the perspective of a judge presiding over the hearing.
against the issue
words for the issue
s of the final judgment (your opinion.)
Each section of your essay will be based on your research and inclu
de supporting detail
Research should be based on at leas
t 5 sources; a bibliography is required.
Biotechnology/Genetics Research Project
Research Essay Timeline and Rubric
Deadline #1: complete initial research and choose a topic and focus for your essay. May 6, 2011
Deadline #2: Research Notes and Resources. Notes from 5 quality resources. Should be ready to start your
rough draft. May 12, 2011
100 points possible.
Deadline #3: Rough Draft
, ready to be peer edited. May 13, 2011 100 points possible.
Final Essay, with research notes and a proper bibliography. May 17, 2011
200 points possible/Counts as a test grade.
200 possible points Total
300 words against the
: with supporting details. 50/__________
300 words for the issue
: with supporting details.
200 words of the
final judgment (your opinio
n.): with supporting details.
Each section of your essay will be based on your research and include supporting details
Bibliography is required:
Research should b
e based on at least 5 quality sources.
Research Notes s
ubmitted with paper
Paper is well written: supported with details from your research,
and has proper grammar, spelling and punctuation