DNA, as students learned earlier in the year, is found in all living things and has a common role in heredity. In this unit, students investigate genetic processes, including protein synthesis, inheritance, and gene expression. They then learn about modifications of these processes through the lens of genetic engineering and biotechnology. Students will investigate these questions through background readings, as well as hands-on experience with biotechnology labs, such as gel electrophoresis.
What are the advantages and possible risks of using biotechnology approaches?
How does biotechnology compare with earlier human modifications of other species?