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Genetic engineering L.O. 1) Describe the process of genetic engineering. 2) Be aware of the Pro.s and Con.s genetic engineering. STARTER - What do you understand by the term genetic engineering? It means to artificially alter the genes possessed by an organism. Usually by removing a gene from one organism and inserting it into another. Genetic engineering in agriculture • When we genetically engineer an organism we say we are creating a GM (genetically modified) product. • Watch the following video. What view do you think the makers of this video have on genetic engineering? What are the social and ethical issues surrounding Genetic Engineering? • Pro.s 1. Enables plants and animals be disease free. 2. May enable them to be more productive. • Con.s 1. Are we blurring the lines between species. 2. What are the known health risks associated with GM food? 3. What are the long-term effects on the environment of GM organisms/products? 4. What if we transfer something ‘bad’ unintentionally.
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