Genes: engineering, disorders, screening

Genetic engineering and the genetic modification of organisms are regularly reported in the media. This makes the topic of interest to many students. It also provides an opportunity to explore the implications of scientific developments in a wider social context.

This list looks at both the biology involved in genetic engineering as well as the associated ethical issues.

Genetic disorders are considered and video clips show a clinician talking about gene therapy as a possible treatment.

The topic can also be used as an opportunity to revise and remind students about the structure of DNA and inheritance.

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