Human Genome Project: From Sequencing to Sharing Genomic Information

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Discuss and share economic, political and ethical issues.

Lesson idea. This lesson idea introduces the outcomes of the international Human Genome Project including the scientists’ collaboration over DNA sequencing. An A level biology animation and an information sheet offer insights into ‘how science works’ and are used to fuel a discussion.

Teaching approach. This resource provides guidance on how to use whole class(ta) discussion(ta) and/or small group work(ta) to engage students with the science and the economic, political, ethical(topic), legal and social issues of a scientific project such as the HGP. Its focus is on the scientific method(ta); language(ta) and the nature of scientific inquiry(ta). (edit)

Resource details
Title Human Genome Project: from Sequencing to Sharing Genomic Information
Topic Ethics,  Genetics
Teaching approach
Learning Objectives
  • Being able to discuss the outcomes of the Human Genome Project that are being used in the development of new drugs and the social, moral and ethical issues this raises.
  • Discussing what the genome projects tell us and what they don't.
Subject
Age of students / grade

AS,  A2,  Secondary,  KS5

Additional Resources/material needed

There is a requirement to view a Flash animation on a computer or print student information sheets (below). The Human Genome Project student information sheet with details of sequencing within the Human Genome Project can be accessed at: http://www.yourgenome.org/downloads/pdf/teachers/info/HGP_infosheet.pdf

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