Biotechnology Research Assignment

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Oct 23, 2013 (3 years and 8 months ago)

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SNC2D

NAME: ______________________________________

BIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS


B1.1 A
nalyse, on the basis of research, ethical issues related to a technological development in the field of systems biology (e.g.
,
cloning, stem cell research, live organ transplants, transgenic transplants), and communicate their
findings
.


PLEASE ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IN FULL SENTENCES, MAKING SURE TO EXPLAIN
EACH IN DETAIL.

THIS RESEARCH WILL BE THE BASIS OF YOUR ARGUMENTS FOR THE DEBATES
NEXT WEEK IN CLASS. IT IS CRUCIAL THAT YOU ARE WELL RESEARCHED AND WELL INFORMED

BEFORE WE START DEBATING THESE ETHICAL ISSUES.



DNA Screening


1.

What is DNA?

2.

What does DNA stand for?

3.

At what stage of development do
YOU

believe an unborn child is a life?

4.

What is a DNA scr
eening test?

5.

What kind of information can you find out about
your unborn child with the DNA
screening test?

6.

Would you test your own child if you could?

Why or why not.

7.

If you did decide to test your child and the test came back positive for a genetic disorder
that would keep them in the hospital system for their ent
ire lifetime what would you
do?

8.

Who should have access to the information from the test? Other family members, other
doctors, the ministry of health, tax payers.

9.

Who should pay for the test, the individual taking the test or government?

10.

List the pros and c
ons of DNA screening:

PROS

CONS



















SNC2D

NAME: ______________________________________

Stem Cell Research


1.

What is a stem cell?

2.

What is an embryonic stem cell?

3.

What are the different types of stem cells, and where do they come from?

4.

At what stage of development do
YOU

believe an unborn child is a life?

5.

Does all stem cell research involve the creation, use and destruction of human
embryos?

6.

How do scientists use human embryonic cells to make new body cells?

7.

What is the potential for new medical treatments using stem cell
s?

8.

When was the first sheep ever cloned?

9.

If one of your immediate family members was in a car accident and broke his/her neck
would you consider using embryonic stem cells to grow new nerve tissue to replace the
damaged cells?

10.

Who should pay for this servi
ce?

11.

List the pros and cons of stem cell research:

PROS

CONS




























SNC2D

NAME: ______________________________________

Transgenic Plants and Animals


1.

What does GMO stand for?

2.

What is recombinant DNA technology?

3.

What crops do farmers often genetically modify?

4.

What is Monsanto?

5.

Monsanto very successfully modified the DNA of plant seeds to improve the quality of
the crops produced by those seeds. Should we as humans be allowed to modify other
living things? Please explain.

6.

Monsanto, once they created the “super seeds” patented th
e rights to those seeds so
that anyone that uses those seeds has to pay them money to use them. Is it right to
own the rights to another living thing?

Please explain.

7.

What is a glofish?

8.

What is a spider
silk goat
? What are some potential applications

of the milk protein they
produce
?

9.

If research paid for by the Canadian government creates a type of rice that can grow in
the winter should farmers have to pay the government for the use of that crop?

10.

What common foods have genetically modified ingredient
s?

11.

Should grocery stores be made to tell consumers that those ingredients are present?

12.

L
ist the pros and cons of genetically engineering plants:

PROS

CONS