Genetic Engineering: Transgenics in Canada

Students will explore the topic of transgenic organisms from a scientific, legal, and ethical perspective. Students will learn about landmark cases on transgenics and the patentability of life. The first portion of the activity is a computer interactive that captures student’s attention and provides a foundation for the research activity that follows. The activity concludes with student’s investigating the science behind genetically engineered mosquitoes and evaluating risks and benefits.

This activity is designed for the Biology 30 and Science 30 curriculum but also has connections to Social Studies, Legal Studies, and Religion and Ethics. It has the following learning outcomes:

• To develop an understanding of what are transgenic organisms and how are they created
• To assess the risks and benefits of applications of science
• To reflect on the role of science and technology in society

The presentation can be watched in two ways. You can download the Shockwave file (your computer will warn you that this could be a dangerous file). Or you can watch the presentation directly from our website. To save the presentation right click the file and choose “save as”. 
Dated Added:
January 1, 2013
Published By:
LawCentral Schools
English Only
Grades 10 - 12, Grades 7 - 9
International Law, Landmark Cases


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