Moving Genes

How do we solve the problems created by 9 billion people? How will we feed 9 billion on about the same amount of land?
An introduction to genetic engineering through hands-on activities that illustrate concepts, which scaffold student understanding for lab activities to follow, especially focused on the use of bacteria.

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Jobs in biotechnology fields are increasing, not only with the use of genetic modification and increased use of tools in analyzing genomes of beneficial crops, but also due to the increase in number of biotechnology-related businesses. During the past 10 years, the number of employees has increased by more than 90 percent! Biotechnology has a wide variety of career opportunities ranging from sales and marketing, to research and development, manufacturing and quality control and assurance. In order for students to become proficient in the skills required for these jobs, they need to have a solid background in biological topics and the techniques used in this field.

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Pam Snyder

BioScience Technology Teacher at the Ft. Hayes Career Center and Columbus City Schools at Ft. Hayes Career Center and Columbus City Schools.

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