Genetic Engineering Scientific Literacy Assignment.pdf

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Scientific Literacy: Find & Summarize a real example of recombinant DNA


Your task is to research a current or proposed use of recombinant DNA (where DNA of
two species is combined). Your example must
be real


in other words, it must be
something that is currently in use, or currently in development, not something you’ve just
dreamed up. An example would be the insertion of the human gene for the insulin
protein into bacterial cells so that bacteria c
an produce large quantities of human insulin
for medicinal use (don’t use this example!) The goal here is for you to demonstrate your
scientific literacy. In other words, I want you to demonstrate that you can read a
scientific article and summarize it i
n your own words showing me that you understand
recombinant DNA. For whatever example you choose, briefly describe which two DNA
species are being combined and why, and one advantage and one disadvantage that you
could foresee for this technology. This d
oesn’t have be any longer than a paragraph / half
page. You
will be marked on the following. Please submit this rubric with your
paragraph.



Criteria

Excellent

Good

Poor

Scientific
Literacy:
Example

Excellent example of
recombinant DNA is
clearly descr
ibed (DNA
of which two species,
purpose etc)

(2)

Good example but
may lack some clarity
of purpose or missing
information about
which species’ DNA
is used

(1)

Used inappropriate
examples of genetic
engineering (0)

Scientific
Literacy:
Wording

Student cle
arly
communicates in language
appropriate for Biology 30.
Scientific wording is used,
spelling and sentence
structure are correct, and
paragraph is well
organized. Most
importantly, student has
shown honour by creating
original work (using your
own words
).
(4)

Used some
vocabulary pertaining
to science to explain
the process/idea,
some
spelling mistakes, or
mostly written in own
words (2)

Used limited to no
vocabulary pertaining
to science to explain
the process/idea, not
written in own words
(0)

Critica
l Thinking

One advantage and one
disadvantage of this
recombinant DNA
example are clearly
explained.

(4
)

Only an advantage or
a disadvantage are
explained (not both)

(2
)

No examples of
pros/cons
of this
recombinant DNA
were given (0)


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