|Genome Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues
DOE Human Genome Program Contractor-Grantee Workshop
|179. Your World/Our World - Exploring
the Human Genome
Jeff Alan Davidson
The Pennsylvania Biotechnology Association (PBA) in cooperation with the Alliance for Science Education (ASE) publishes the biotechnology science magazine YOUR WORLD/OUR WORLD to introduce middle and high school students to the underlying science and the social issues raised by modern biological research and technology. In the Spring of 1996, with partial DOE funding, a special enlarged issue of YOUR WORLD/OUR WORLD dealing with the underlying science of genomics, and the ethical, legal, and social issues raised by the Human Genome Project (HGP) was published.
PBA and ASE are developing additional instructional materials for use by middle and high school students to facilitate a more extensive presentation of the subjects covered in the special issue. These materials are being built in two phases. First, by developing new materials by PBA to create a comprehensive supplemental materials package that provides resources in several different media. Second, by running a national contest for science teachers and students to encourage classroom development of new and original approaches to teaching the material. Materials from both phases will each in turn be packaged and made available to the 45,000 middle school and high school biology teachers in the United States over the next 24 months.
Phase I Materials
Eight multimedia lectures designed for teacher use and richly annotated with teacher notes have been developed that can be presented directly from a CD-ROM or from color or laser printed overheads that can be printed from the disk. The lectures make extensive use of three-dimensional animations to explain the science clearly and interestingly. The materials also include an extensive glossary and directory of internet resources.
The lecture topics are summarized below:
Articles for the General Press or Radio or Television
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