Designer Babies

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Lesson idea. Technical advances develop faster than people can discuss its implications. Stories about surrogate mothers, designer babies, older parents, embryo mix-ups appear frequently in the media and raise new ethical dilemmas. This tutorial looks at why reproduction, including 'designer babies' raises ethical issues. The resource features a web tutorial with a page that can be used as an answer sheet.

Teaching approach. By using an informative web tutorial, this resource aims to stimulate discussion(ta) on the ethics(topic) of modern biology. A worksheet asks students where they stand and reassures them that their response might be kept private. You might also consider using a blog, chat room or other ICT tool to record the questioning(ta) and reasoning(ta) around this topic. A teaching section offers guidance on 'teaching argument' using 'Toulmin’s model of argument' and 'The IDEAS project'. (edit)

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Title Designer Babies
Topic Ethics,  Fertility treatments
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Web tutorial with a page (.doc) to guide students

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