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CRISPR: Genome Editing Science

Type : Virtual School Program
Grade : 12
Duration : 90 minutes
Capacity : one group, maximum 35 students
Price : $300 per group
Language : English only

Learn the science behind CRISPR, which can be used to change human DNA. Uncover the ethical questions surrounding this cutting-edge technology and evaluate information in popular media. Then, improve your knowledge of biochemistry and molecular genetics in a dry lab post-visit activity.

Schedule until December 17, 2021:

10 a.m. or 1 p.m.
November 4, 10, 17, 24 & 30
December 3, 10 & 16

For dates that are currently available, please refer to the Request Your Virtual School Program form.

Curriculum Connections:

Strands : Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
A1.1 Formulate relevant scientific questions about observed relationships, ideas, problems, or issues, make informed predictions, and/or formulate educated hypotheses to focus inquiries or research
A1.9 Analyse the information gathered from research sources for logic, accuracy, reliability, adequacy, and bias
A1.10 Draw conclusions based on inquiry results and research findings, and justify their conclusions with reference to scientific knowledge
A1.11 Communicate ideas, plans, procedures, results, and conclusions orally, in writing, and/or in electronic presentations, using appropriate language and a variety of formats
A2.1 Identify and describe a variety of careers related to the fields of science under study (e.g., nuclear medicine technician, nurse practitioner, hematologist, dietitian, geneticist) and the education and training necessary for these careers
A2.2 Describe the contributions of scientists, including Canadians, to the fields under study
B1.1 Analyse technological applications related to enzyme activity in the food and pharmaceutical industries
B1.2 Evaluate, on the basis of research, some advances in cellular biology and related technological applications
B3.4 Describe the chemical structures and mechanisms of various enzymes
D1.1 Analyse, on the basis of research, some of the social, ethical, and legal implications of biotechnology
D1.2 Analyse, on the basis of research, some key aspects of Canadian regulations pertaining to biotechnology
D2.1 Use appropriate terminology related to molecular genetics, including, but not limited to: polymerase I, II, and III, DNA ligase, helicase, Okazaki fragment, mRNA, rRNA, tRNA, codon, anticodon, translation, transcription, and ribosome subunits
D2.2 Analyse a simulated strand of DNA to determine the genetic code and base pairing of DNA
D3.5 Describe some examples of genetic modification, and explain how it is applied in industry and agriculture
D3.6 Describe the functions of some of the cell components used in biotechnology
Strands : Medical Technologies and Biotechnology
A1.1 Formulate relevant scientific questions about observed relationships, ideas, problems, or issues, make informed predictions, and/or formulate educated hypotheses to focus inquiries or research
A1.9 Analyse the information gathered from research sources for logic, accuracy, reliability, adequacy, and bias
A1.10 Draw conclusions based on inquiry results and research findings, and justify their conclusions with reference to scientific knowledge
A2.1 Identify and describe a variety of careers related to the fields of science under study (e.g., nuclear medicine technician, nurse practitioner, hematologist, dietitian, geneticist) and the education and training necessary for these careers
A2.2 Describe the contributions of scientists, including Canadians (e.g., Frederick Banting, John A. Hopps, Louis Siminovitch, Jean Cuthand Goodwill, Nancy Olivieri), to the field under study
B1.1 Assess the costs and benefits of a conventional medical technology, therapy, or device that is used to diagnose or treat a human health condition (e.g., diagnostic technologies such as X-rays and ultrasound; surgical procedures such as laser removal of tumours; biomedical devices such as prosthetics)
B3.3 Explain the function and use of a variety of medical devices and technologies for diagnostic and treatment purposes (e.g., sphygmomanometer, stethoscope, ultrasound, X-ray, computerized axial tomography [CAT] scan, pacemaker, chemotherapy)
B3.4 Describe the function and use of technologies, devices, and techniques for biomedical repair (e.g., prosthetics, artificial organs, plastic surgery)
B3.5 Describe a recent technological development or advance in diagnosis or treatment in the healthcare field (e.g., artificial skin for burn victims, artificial and transgenic organ transplants, smart drugs, nanotechnologies, biophotonics
F1.1 Analyse social issues related to an application of biotechnology in the health, agricultural, or environmental sector (e.g., issues related to the uses of genetically modified organisms or to the uses and availability of in vitro fertilization)
F1.2 Analyse, on the basis of research, ethical and legal issues related to an application of biotechnology in the health, agricultural, or environmental sector (e.g., ethical questions related to xenotransplantation; legal issues related to access to an individual’s genetic information)
F2.1 Use appropriate terminology related to biotechnology, including, but not limited to: selective breeding, hybridization, replication, mutation, genomics, and gene therapy
F2.3 Investigate, through laboratory inquiry or computer simulation, a recently developed biotechnological method used in the health sector (e.g., the process of electrophoresis to degrade DNA)
F2.4 Investigate, through laboratory inquiry or computer simulation, a recently developed biotechnological method used in the field of agriculture (e.g., bioremediation of a chemical fertilizer spill; the cloning of corn; the use of synthetic hormones to promote growth in livestock)
F3.1 Explain various methods used, over time, in the field of biotechnology (e.g., use of living organisms to make or modify products, selective breeding to create particular breeds of animals, manipulation of genes to develop organisms with particular traits)
F3.2 Explain the structure and functions of macromolecules (e.g., DNA, RNA) and the synthesis of proteins (e.g., transcription, translation, gene expression)
F3.3 Describe applications of biotechnology in the health (e.g., genomics, gene therapy, xenotransplantation, in vitro fertilization), agricultural (e.g., genetically modified crops, biopesticides, cloning), and environmental sectors (e.g., bioremediation, phytoremediation)
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