This 16 slide presentation is designed to get your students thinking and talking about the implications of gene editing using CRISPR technology.
A lesson on CRISPR is a great way to apply the study of DNA, proteins, and mutations to real life and to discuss possible unintended consequences of new technology.
This presentation is designed to make this topic accessible even to middle school students, but I would recommend it be used with at least some prior knowledge of DNA in order to make this lesson more meaningful and to ensure that students have an understanding of the limits of DNA editing. (Super powers aren’t actually in the cards.)
- What is CRISPR
- How does CRISPR Work
- Benefits of CRISPR
- Negatives of CRISPR
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NGSS Standards covered by this CRISPR Presentation:
HS-LS3-1 Make and defend a claim based on evidence that inheritable genetic variations may result from (1) new genetic combinations through meiosis, (2) viable errors occurring during replication, and/or (3) mutations caused by environmental factors. Emphasis is on using data to support arguments for the way variation occurs. Assessment does not include the phases of meiosis or the biochemical mechanism of specific steps in the process.
MS-LS3-1 Develop and use a model to describe why structural changes to genes (mutations) located on chromosomes may affect proteins and may result in harmful, beneficial, or neutral effects to the structure and function of the organism. Emphasis is on conceptual understanding that changes in genetic material may result in making different proteins. Assessment does not include specific changes at the molecular level, mechanisms for protein synthesis, or specific types of mutations.