In this media-rich, self-paced lesson, students examine technologies that help scientists better understand and manipulate the human genome—the complete set of genes that all of us possess. Students also learn about the ethical concerns that some people have over how these technologies are being used today and how they may be used in the future. The lesson contains videos that feature scientists, doctors, patients, and ethicists, whose stories and opinions reveal a range of perspectives. The lesson concludes with a final assignment that asks students to weigh the potential benefits and drawbacks of genetic technologies.
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