Direct-to-consumer Genetic Testing

If you knew that you were likely to develop Alzheimer's disease in your future, how would it affect your life in the meantime? This and other similar thought-provoking questions are discussed in a lesson plan about the availability of consumer-style genetic testing. The topic is a springboard for a role-playing activity in which groups present arguments for or against direct-to-consumer genetic tests.

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CCSS: Designed
Pros

  • Encourages critical thinking regarding current topics
  • Stimulates discussion and debate
  • Addresses Common Core State Standards in social studies literacy
  • Thoroughly written and includes links to many reputable resources
Cons

  • Be aware that the topic may be of a sensitive nature to some students if they have relatives who have been impacted by genetic conditions