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BCOR 101: Genetics - Keller (Fall 2018)

Transgenic Crops

The purpose of this activity is to hone your critical thinking skills around the contentious and complex issue of genetically modified organisms. Critical thinking is a process that focuses on "uncovering assumptions that frame how we think and act, and checking these for their accuracy and validity" (Teaching for Critical Thinking: Tools and Techniques to Help Students Question Their Assumptions, Brookfield, 2012). The point is to lead us to develop informed opinions and take education actions.

To begin unpacking the big ideas around genetically modified organisms, read the following articles:

  1. Phillips, T. (2008) Genetically modified organisms (GMOs): Transgenic crops and recombinant DNA technology. Nature Education 1(1): 213.
  2. Saletan, W. (2015, July 15). Unhealthy Fixation. Slate. Retrieved from:

An excellent resource for additional information on the biotechnology behind GMOs, their safety and environmental impacts, and their regulation can be found at the GMO FAQ page of the Genetic Literacy Project.

Engineer a Crop: Transgenic Manipulation

Recombination with Restriction Enzymes

How GMOs Are Regulated... Or Not.

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