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Biotechnology Resources for 8
th

grade
Research P
roject

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.


GEN: Genetic

Engineering and Biotechnology News


http://www.genengnews.com/search.aspx?q=gmo

links to several GMO articles


http://www.genengnew
s.com


The home page


http://www.genengnews.com/search.aspx?q=cloning

Links to cloning articles


Iowa Public Televisio
n


http://www.iptv.org/video/detail.cfm/3761/exm_20030905_ge_full

Link to a Genetic Engineering video


http://www.pbs.org/teachers/connect/resources/5077/preview/

Timeline and Other Information


Human Genome Project


http://www.ornl.gov/sci/techresources/Human_Genome/project/about.shtml

Intro page


http://www.ornl.gov/sci/techresources/Human_Genome/elsi/gmfood.shtml

Genetically Modified Organisms


http://www.ornl.gov/sci/techresources/Human_Genome/elsi/elsi.shtml

Ethical and Legal Issues


ht
tp://www.ornl.gov/sci/techresources/Human_Genome/medicine/genetest.shtml

Gene Testing


Learn.Genetics



http://learn.genetics.utah.edu


University of Utah Great site


http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/tech/stemcells


Stem Cell Page


http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/tech/cloning


Cloning Page


http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/tech/genetherapy



Gene Therapy


Center for
Genetics and Society

http://www.geneticsandsociety.org/index.php

Non Profit website that focuses on
responsible use


and
governance of gen
etics technologies.

http://www.geneticsandsociety.org/article.php?list=type&type=10

The ‘About Us’ page; info on staff and


contributing

members.

NOVA Science Now


http://w
ww.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/sciencenow

PBS NOVA site; many resources


Discovery Education


http://www.discoveryeducation.com



Use your login and password to access resources


PBS


Harvest of Fear


http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/harvest

Interactive website that presents a balanced view of
G
MO’s


SCITable by Nature Education


http://www.nature.com/scitable

Searchable website sponsored by Nature Scientific Journal


University of Kentucky College of Agriculture


http://www2.ca.uky.edu




Home page for the UK College of Ag


http://www.ca.uky.edu/agc/pubs/brei/brei3/brei3.htm

Scientific article
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.

http://www.ucsusa.org/food_and_agriculture/science_and_impacts/impacts_genetic_engineering/im
pacts
-
of
-
genetic.html

http://www.monsanto.com/newsviews/Pages/biotech
-
safety
-
gmo
-
advantages.aspx


http:
//www.twnside.org.sg/title/miguel
-
cn.htm



http://www.foodinsight.org/Resources/Detail.aspx?topic=Background_on_Food_Biotechnology

http://foe.org/genetic
-
technologies

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
more food.



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

or in
-
utero
, should parents be required to use
them?

Who decides if the risk is acceptable?



If gene
tic mapping shows that a particular race is prone to a disease, should the government restrict thei
r activities or
diet?




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
he government

step in and require a certain d
iet or activity level?



Genetic mapping may
show a potential for identifying
desirable traits
. How would this be used?



Should we be allowed to check

an embryo for
genetic defects or disease?

The same technology

also allow
s

us to select
embryos for physical features such as

sex,
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
regulated?



Cells and tissues
,

taken from people without their consent
,

have been used to advanc
e scientific research; in some
cases,

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

genetic disease,
should they be allowed to patent the
ir discovery?




Your Mission is to exp
lore the resources provided,
investigate some of the above

sit
uations
and choose
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.



Project Requirements:

1.

250


300 words
against the issue


Pr
osecution Perspective.

2.

250


300
words for the issue


Defense Perspective.

3.

150


200
word
s of the final judgment (your opinion.)

4.

Each section of your essay will be based on your research and inclu
de supporting detail
s.

5.

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.

Deadline #4:
Final Essay, with research notes and a proper bibliography. May 17, 2011

200 points possible/Counts as a test grade.


Essay/Project
Requirements:

200 possible points Total



Points Possible/Earned

250


300 words against the
issue


Prosecution Perspective
: with supporting details. 50/__________

250


300 words for the issue


Defense Perspective
: with supporting details.



50/__________

150


200 words of the

final judgment (your opinio
n.): with supporting details.



50/__________

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.



15/__________

Research Notes s
ubmitted with paper








10/__________

Paper is well written: supported with details from your research,





25/__________

and has proper grammar, spelling and punctuation