These dont really exist! The blue rose was

These dont really exist! The blue rose was

These dont really exist! The blue rose was created using genetic modification by Suntory Flowers in 2008 while the black tulip is actually a dark purple colour and has been around since before the advent of genetic engineering.

Purple tomatoes have been created by genetic modification to contain more antioxidants than normal tomatoeswhereas these purple carrots are naturally occurring and may have been one of the earliest forms of carrot, originating in modern-day Afghanistan over 5000 years ago

This famous mouse with the human ear was neither selectively bred nor genetically engineered to grow that ear. The "ear" was actually an ear-shaped cartilage structure grown by seeding cow cartilage cells (there was never any human tissue used) into a biodegradable ear-shaped mould. It was created to demonstrate a method of fabricating cartilage structures for transplantation into human patients. The glow-inthe-dark mouse, on the other hand, has been genetically engineered to contain a gene from a naturally glowing jellyfish (though I suspect this picture has been enhanced).

More glow-in-the-dark creatures: a glowing version of the zebrafish, known as the Night Pearl, is now on sale as a pet. The glowing jellyfish do that naturally, and it is their genetic material which has been inserted into the zebrafish.

Glowing tobacco plant and piglets both genetically engineered.

Learning Objectives Discuss ideas for and against designer babies Understand some of the uses and potential problems associated with GM food production Write a letter regarding your views on GM food production Designer babies Should we be able to... Choose to have a girl

because a boy is likely to have haemophilia Select whether to have a boy or a girl Choose to have a boy because the babys bone marrow could be used to save his 2 year old brother

Choose to have a girl because a boy is likely to be colour blind Select the eye colour of the baby Choose to have a gene added that would improve

intelligence GM Foods Your task: What do you think will be the future of farming? Write a Wikipedia entry for the year 3012 to explain your opinions.

Give a brief definition of your chosen method of farming. Give its positive points Outline the negative points for opposing this farming method. Conclusion briefly sum up your main points, stressing how your method of farming helps people in the longer term. How should you write a Wikipedia

page? Formal conectives, you need to sound professional: however, although, therefore Opinion words: I believe, I think, I feel, it is my belief that Are you in favour of the idea or not Reasoning: because, since, due to Consider the opposite argument Produce a fact sheet that details the advantages and disadvantages of growing GM crops

Success criteria Include a definition of the term genetically modified Give examples of three different GM crops List four advantages and four disadvantages of growing GM crops Factsheet should contain colour and pictures Include at least one link to a recent news article about GM crops Bonus criteria comment on the reliability of your evidence (Where did it come from? Is it fact or opinion? Can you trust the source?) Need help? Instead of searching everything or images, search the news section in Google for help finding recent news

articles. Watch the following videos to help you (but use your ear phones!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QFhD1E8GEs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGDdteUKwLQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvZZg5uia-Y Try the following websites: http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/find_out/guides/tech/gm_foods/newsid_1746000/1746923.stm http://www.nerc.ac.uk/research/issues/geneticmodification/

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