Proposed Treatment to Fix Genetic Diseases Raises Ethical Issues

Should genetic scientists be permitted to alter mtDNA to eliminate birth defects? That is the question examined in Rob Stein's article for NPR that explores the ethical issues raised by this research.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Ask class members to research the results of the referenced Food and Drug Administrations meeting and more recent developments since those mentioned in this article published in 2013
  • Conduct a class debate on the question
Classroom Considerations

  • While the article is dated, the question is worth debating
Pros

  •  Included in the resource are text-based and discussion questions
Cons

  • None