Age: 14 - 19
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Supported by: AMGEN
Lesson plan "Using Biotechnology to Detect and Treat Disease" is the fifth of five components of the Biotechology Collection funded by the Amgen Foundation and produced by WGBH. In this media-rich lesson, students will learn how biotechnology's techniques and tools are being used to help identify and fight disease, and examine the ethical and privacy issues associated with genetic testing.
Each of four parts of this lesson plan aims at fulfilling one of the learning objectives and provides a roadmap for teachers as well as support material for class activities and homework.
The learning objectives of the lesson plan are the following:
- Describe the techniques and tools that help identify genes involved in disease
- List biotechnology tools that help detect viral infection and genetic mutations
- Discuss efforts to treat and prevent disease, including what is possible today and what is in development
- Discuss and evaluate some of the ethical and privacy issues associated with genetic testing
Recommended time to spend on each of four class periods is 45 minutes.
The lesson plan can be enhanced with the resourses from the Biotechology Collection and easily adapted to the needs of a classroom.
More resources related to the topic of biotechnology are available in the Practice Gallery.