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Cloning - Potential and Issues

Lesson idea. This eclectic resource offers students a tutorial with questions and links to news stories about cloning. It explains reproductive and therapeutic cloning. It also mentions their potential and provides links, for example to an animation on how cloning works.

Teaching approach. The topic of the ethics(topic) of modern biology needs to draw on a wider range of sources than a printed book may provide. This resource uses a web tutorial interspersed with external links to news and comment. Rather than leave the students to explore too many interests, a worksheet with questions enables the teacher to focus the students on a subset of the material. You can adapt this to your particular need, for example, if you wanted students to have a discussion(ta)in small groups. You might also consider using a blog, chat room or other ICT tools to record the questioning(ta) and reasoning(ta) around this topic. The lesson-planning proforma (or draft lesson plan) includes a list of objectives that shows the scope of the material. (edit)

Resource details
Title Cloning
Topic [[Topics/Ethics|Ethics]],  [[Topics/Cloning|Cloning]],  [[Topics/Genetics|Genetics]]
Teaching approach

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

Learning Objectives
  • Being aware of the ethical issues of therapeutic human stem cell cloning in biomedical research.
  • Being able to justify and exemplify their point of view.
  • Appreciating a range of viewpoints.
  • Knowing the difference between reproductive and therapeutic cloning.
Format / structure

A worksheet and lesson planning template (Word files), web pages and off-site links


[[Resources/Biology|Biology]],  [[Resources/Science|Science]]

Age of students / grade

[[Resources/KS5|KS5]],  [[Resources/AS|AS]],  [[Resources/A2|A2]],  [[Resources/Secondary|Secondary]]

Additional Resources/material needed
Related ORBIT Wiki Resources

Also from the BioEthics Education Project (BEEP): Ethical issues in human reproduction, Designer Babies

Files and resources to view and download