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Standards Index: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.2
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Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms.
Biology: Dolly, the Cloned Sheep
Students will learn the scientific and cultural importance of Dolly, the first animal to be cloned from an adult cell, who became the most famous animal in the history of biotechnology.
Biotechnology: Gene Therapy and Gene Editing
Students will learn about the tremendous potential of gene therapy and gene editing, including CRISPR Cas-9, to cure and mitigate disease, as well as the scientific and ethical challenges surrounding these approaches.
Biotechnology: Sequencing the Human Genome
Students will learn how the human genome was first sequenced, and how attempts to use this discovery to cure diseases has been complicated by epigenetics and the complexity of genetic disease factors.
Genetically Modified Food
Students will learn how the rise of genetically modified food has sparked controversy and transformed modern agriculture.
Influencing Policy: Evolution and the First Amendment
Students will learn how some students, scientists and advocacy organizations have sought to influence the way evolution is taught in public schools, and how this debate relates to court rulings involving the First Amendment’s establishment clause.