Glowing Rats and Extreme Genetic Engineering

An example of extreme genetic engineering is modified salmon, which are genetically altered to grow twice their size and swim twice as fast — and they're probably in grocery stores already! The video explores synthetic biology or the manufacturing of organisms. It discusses extreme genetic engineering, its concerns, and possibilities. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have learners write a survey to sample their peers' feelings about genetic engineering and post results, then discuss
  • Explore and research further developments in synthetic biology and discuss as a class
Classroom Considerations

  • Can access Scishow's Twitter account for more up-to-date ideas, topics, and discussions
Pros

  • Interesting and engaging topic due to controversy and fascinating possibilities
  • Use closed captioning for viewers with hearing disabilities or for those who struggle with English
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS