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Lesson Plan: Genome Editing and CRISPR (Personal Genetics Education Project / PgEd)

Lesson Plan: Genome Editing and CRISPR (Personal Genetics Education Project / PgEd)

How might advances in our ability to change genomes impact individuals and society?

Summary:
Recently developed techniques to easily modify DNA, known as “genome editing,” are bringing many new possibilities as well as dilemmas to the forefront of medicine, ethics, religion and society at large. One technique in particular, known as “CRISPR,” has generated the most excitement due to its efficiency and ease of use. This lesson introduces students to the basic scientific concepts of genome editing, its potential for improving human health, as well as some of the ethical discussions surrounding the development and applications of the technique.

Activities:
Do now exercise (5-7 minutes), slideshow (30-40 minutes), scenarios (25-35 minutes).

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Take a quiz: Genome editing and CRISPR
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