There are many social, legal and ethical considerations surrounding genetic testing. This lesson plan covers a range of issues relating to the use of DNA information in healthcare. It introduces students to the principles of bioethics, which form a transferable framework for examining social, economic and cultural contexts and ethical uses of biotechnology. The activity also models the use of reasoned judgement to write evidence-based justifications and evaluations.
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This task directly addresses the “ethical understanding” and “personal and social capability” general capabilities emphasised in syllabus. It also aligns with the following outcomes:
Inheritance patterns in a population
- investigate the use of technologies to determine inheritance patterns in a population using, for example:
- DNA sequencing and profiling
- evaluate the benefits of using genetic technologies in agricultural, medical and industrial applications
- interpret a range of secondary sources to assess the influence of social, economic and cultural contexts on a range of biotechnologies
Analysing Data and Information
-Medical applications of DNA sequencing
We have complied some links for student reading into ethical issues relating to genomics and genetic technologies in our Student Resource Guide