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The topic of your lesson this week is DNA Technology, also referred to as Biotechnology. A designer baby is a human embryo that has been genetically modified, usually following guidelines set by the parent or scientist, to produce desirable traits. This is done using various methods, such as germline engineering or pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). This technology is the subject of ethical debate, bringing up the concept of genetically modified “superhumans” to interbreed with and eventually replace modern humans.

Creating genetically modified children is no longer a science fiction fantasy, it’s likely a future scenario. Biologist Paul Knoepfler estimates that within fifteen years, scientists could use the gene-editing technology CRISPR to make certain ‘upgrades’ to human embryos-from altering appearances to eliminating the risk of auto-immune diseases.

Directions:

Watch the video: https://youtu.be/nOHbn8Q1fBM and https://youtu.be/n6ZQC_yhmZY

Read the article: https://www.yourgenome.org/facts/what-is-crispr-cas9 and then watch this video: https://youtu.be/47pkFey3CZ0

1. Find an article or video about a biotechnological method or trial to repair or prevent a human genetic disorder.  This must be no older than in 2017. 

2. Share this with the group and give a summary in your own words. (Approximately 150 words).  A hyperlink is a great way to share information. Make sure you include a citation for the article or video.

Thank you in advance.

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