Biotechnology

There is a lot of information available about biotechnology and the use of GMOs but how much of it is based on science?

Biotechnology does not only include GMOs, but also lab skills, determining and developing materials for new uses, and food science applications. This set of materials will help students to understand the science of genetic modification and the skills necessary to be able to work in the growing agriculture biotechnology industry.

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AFNR biotechnology

6 lessons, 7 files
What are the current issues in biotechnology? There is a lot of resistance to genetic modification and the use of genetically modified crops. What is the science? This unit helps to provide some background in cell function and DNA properties, …
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Are you sterile?

3 lessons, 7 files
How do sterilization techniques affect our ability to preserve and culture organisms? In vitro collecting (IVC) is the process of starting plant tissue cultures with minimal disturbance to the plants when viable seeds are not available. Become the field researcher and learn how to …
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Be a food scientist

5 lessons, 16 files
What is your protein IQ? Create a cookbook to learn Standard Operating Procedures for food safety and environmental monitoring. Test for proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids and compare plant and animal protein.
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Bioproducts

What exactly Is a bio-based product? Learn about the benefits of using bio-based products. Soybeans, a renewable resource, can replace petroleum in many products and uses. Ohio’s top agricultural and bio-based chemical products are presented.

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career video

Biotechnology

Aug 25, 2017
Watch this video to learn about careers with DuPont Pioneer! Matt Stroud, Product Agronomist and Rebekah Peck, Communications Manager talk about their careers with DuPont Pioneer.
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Central dogma: an integration of science and art

4 lessons, 15 files
How does DNA code become an expressed trait? Do your students struggle to understand the “central dogma” of biology? Are you looking for innovative teaching techniques? This unit is an integrated art and science project to teach transcription and …
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Courtney Bockbrader

Agriculture Education Instructor at Anthony Wayne High School and Penta Career Center
ffa agriscience career technical education
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Erin Molden

Biotechnology Program Instructor at Miami Valley Career Tech Center
biotechnology
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Future of food

4 lessons, 6 files
How has agriculture changed? What is a GMO? What is the future of food? Society and cultures revolve around food. There are television networks solely focused on food and it is almost impossible to take a drive without passing a fast food chain. Billions of dollars are …
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Gel electrophoresis basics

3 lessons, 11 files
How can we check the success of biotechniques? In what ways can we see if the gene(s) of interest are present? This unit leads students through the process of setting up chambers, understanding the mechanics and experimenting with various aspects of running gels.
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Getting students ready for science testing—state and AP

May 7, 2018
Chillicothe High School teacher Jamie Metzger directs the Science Lab, a remediation class for those students who need to get higher points on their State Biology test. Last year, the test included many DNA and gel electrophoresis questions, so …
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GMOs: What do you know? Breakout

2 lessons, 7 files
How much do you know about GMOs? There is a lot of misinformation about what a GMO is and what foods are genetically modified. Use this unit as a review or a compelling way to engage students in the topic of GMOs using a “breakout,” an …
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GMOs go global: should they be labeled?

5 lessons, 11 files
Should labeling of GMOs be mandatory? What do you know about genetic modification? Is genetic modification helpful or harmful? This unit will help to develop student thinking about genetic modification and food security issues around the …
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Growing more food

3 lessons, 7 files
How will we feed 9 billion people? Grow soybeans using Round-Up Ready seeds to illustrate how biotechnology can be used as a tool to increase production. Introduce students to different options for growing soybeans, investigate …
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Hello, my name is… GMO

2 lessons, 3 files
What is genetic modification? What does it mean if something is genetically modified? A lot of questions surround definitions of genetic modification. This unit models two different techniques of genetic modification and tries to help students understand the terms and the consequences …
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How are GMOs created?

Aug 6, 2015
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Jamie Allison

Biotechnology and Proteomics Teacher at Loveland High School
biotechnology stem
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John Thomas

Biotechnology and Environmental Science instructor at Tolles Technical Center, Fairbanks Middle and High School
biotechnology genetics toxicology aquaponics
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career video

Just a spoonful of soybeans

Apr 2, 2018
GMO Soybeans Fighting Autoimmune Diseases. Shows researchers focusing on brand new uses for GMO soybeans. Thank you to PBS Learning Media for providing this video. Credit: Funded by GSK.
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Kelly Lewis

Program Instructor, Bioscience Technologies at Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools
stem biotechnology
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Making biodiesel from soybeans

4 lessons, 16 files
Nature doesn’t waste anything. Why should we? Make biodiesel and create a scale model of an anaerobic digester, while investigating bioenergy and how it is produced.
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Moving genes

5 lessons, 13 files
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 and modeling activities that illustrate concepts, which will scaffold student understanding for lab activities to follow, especially focused on …
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Rachel Sanders

Science Instructor and FFA Advisor at Global Impact STEM Academy
agriscience biology biotechnology career tech food science outreach recruitment science fair stem
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Soybeans: from ballast to biotech

5 lessons, 5 files
What is the future of biotechnology? Create models to understand DNA and the gene transfer process used in biotechnology. Explore questions: Are there harmful side effects of biotechnology? Can biotech solve world hunger? Should GMO …
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Soy fresh, soy clean

4 lessons, 10 files
How clean is your lab station? About 48 million people (1 in 6 Americans) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die each year from foodborne diseases, according to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and …
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Stick a fork in it

4 lessons, 3 files
Which biobased substrate will create a durable form of bio-plastic? Which biobased material has the least effect on the composition of compost and runoff through degradation? Compostable plastics are a new generation of plastics that are biodegradable through composting. They are derived generally from renewable raw materials like starch (e.g. corn, potato, tapioca etc), …
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Student bonding over DNA

May 15, 2019
In Advanced Biology, students are required to know what DNA is and how it works with replication, transcription and translation. What better way to demonstrate these steps and to solidify learning than to act out the processes as a group, using your …
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e-learning

What do you know about GMOs?

Did you know that most fruits and vegetables in the produce aisle are NOT genetically modified? Take this course to find out which crops are and which three governmental agencies are responsible for regulating the industry. Definitions of various types of genetic modification are also included.

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Why biotechnology is good for farmers

Nov 17, 2016
Did you know that agricultural productivity has risen dramatically in recent years? Kyle Poling, DuPont Pioneer Field Agronomist, spoke with the Ag Biotech Academy workshop participants about using biotechnology to increase productivity. In 1930 …