Designer Babies

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Lesson idea. Technical advances develop faster than people can discuss its implications. Stories about surrogate mothers, designer babies, older parents, embryo mix-ups appear frequently in the media and raise new ethical dilemmas. This tutorial looks at why reproduction, including 'designer babies' raises ethical issues. The resource features a web tutorial with a page that can be used as an answer sheet.

Teaching approach. By using an informative web tutorial, this resource aims to stimulate discussion(ta) on the ethics(topic) of modern biology. A worksheet asks students where they stand and reassures them that their response might be kept private. You might also consider using a blog, chat room or other ICT tool to record the questioning(ta) and reasoning(ta) around this topic. A teaching section offers guidance on 'teaching argument' using 'Toulmin’s model of argument' and 'The IDEAS project'. (edit)

Resource details
Title Designer Babies
Topic [[Topics/Ethics|Ethics]],  [[Topics/Fertility treatments|Fertility treatments]]
Teaching approach

[[Teaching Approaches/Questioning|Questioning]],  [[Teaching Approaches/Reasoning|Reasoning]],  [[Teaching Approaches/Discussion|Discussion]]

Learning Objectives

not defined here

Format / structure

Web tutorial with a page (.doc) to guide students



Age of students / grade

[[Resources/KS5|KS5]],  [[Resources/Secondary|Secondary]]

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