Semester Goals. A new semester means a fresh start. You CAN do well in this class. On the colorful ¼ sheet of paper, write specific goals for biology class for this semester.
A new semester means a fresh start. You CAN do well in this class.
On the colorful ¼ sheet of paper, write specific goals for biology class for this semester.
Examples: I will pay more attention in class, I will set a study schedule, I will learn more about ___________________.
Make sure you write your name on it. When you are finished, tape it to the back wall.
This is due on Friday, January 24th. I have given you ANOTHER handout with the requirements for the project (you should have this in front of you right now).
Today we will go over the requirements again.
This is a technology based project. You may make a Prezi, a website, or a blog.
1. Your Introduction must include:
Genetic Engineering: Bt Cotton
By Mrs. Campbell
2. What is Genetic Engineering?
Genetic Engineering is the deliberate changing of the traits of an organism by changing its DNA.
Genetic Engineering can be used to make medicines, to grow crops with desirable characteristics, and to make animals with beneficial or interesting features.
3. Genetic Engineering Showcase
Showcase (present) your example of genetic engineering – Choose one specific organism that has been genetically engineered
Bt cotton is a type of cotton plant that has been genetically engineered to be resistant to insects.Researchers at the company Monsanto inserted a gene from the bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis. This gene produces insecticide that kills many different bugs so they cannot harm the cotton plants.
The technique used to develop Bt cotton is called agrobacterium-mediated DNA transfer. In this method, scientists first put the Bt gene into agrobacteria, and then infect the plant embryos with the bacteria. The bacteria insert their genes into the genome of the cotton, creating Bt cotton.
When this cotton was first grown, it was a very good thing because it allowed farmers to save money on pesticide, and cotton crops flourished. However, it has become problematic because Bt cotton cannot kill all insects, and now the insects that were not much of a problem before are attacking cotton plants. So now, famers who use Bt cotton have to use pesticide anyway. There are also concerns about Bt cotton hybridizing with natural cotton strains.
What sort of laws should be in place surrounding genetic engineering, if any?
Should anyone be allowed to research genetic engineering?
Should it only be done in federal labs? What about public universities?
Should federal money go to supporting genetic engineering research?
Should we be allowed to genetically engineer anything – or should some organisms be protected?
There should be laws in place surrounding genetic engineering because it can be dangerous and it can cause problems.
The only people who should be allowed to do research in genetic engineering should be scientists in federal labs and at public and private universities.
Federal research money should be given to genetic engineering researchers because genetic engineering can help solve problems such as malnutrition, and it can be used to create medicines. Genetic engineering can be very beneficial to humans.
We should not be allowed to genetically engineer anything. It is okay to use genetic engineering in humans to cure diseases, but it is not okay to genetically engineer human-animal hybrids or humans who are smarter or more athletic.
Author. "Title of the Web Page." Title of the Overall Web Site. Version or Edition. Publisher or Sponsor, Date. Web. Date of Access.
Campbell, M. “Citing References for your I3 project.” Stern Mass, 2013. Web. December 9, 2013.