is a growing field. Many excellent resources can be found on the
Web. Here are some links to check out. Think about who the sponsors
of the Web sites are and what their viewpoints might be.
Plenty of information about biotechnology. Several interesting sections,
including issues and ethics, applied biotechnology, careers, graphics,
and a history of biotechnology.
If you have Shockwave (available on this site), you can go through
the Virtual Bacteria ID Lab. Prepare a lab sample. Make copies of
its DNA. Analyze the DNA. Figure out what the sample is. It's like
working in a lab except you don't get to wear the fancy lab jacket.
State University, The Department of Soil and Crop Science
Everything you wanted to know about transgenic crops. Includes a
cool animation of how transgenic crops are made. (You'll need Shockwave
and Flash installed on your computer.)
Heredity and Beyond
Learn all the basic background about DNA and how to manipulate it.
Includes a section on the ethics of genetic engineering.
Do you have Shockwave on your computer? Do you want to learn how
genetic traits are passed along? Go to the activities organized
by category and select Life Sciences, then click on Mouse
and Drug Administration
See what our government has to say about bioengineered foods. Read
about a new policy
requiring a 120 day notice from producers before GE foods hit
the marketplace. See what other people
have to say about GE foods. (These letters are PDF files. You'll
True Food Now
Would you like to know if genetically engineered (GE) food is in
your breakfast cereal? Check here for a long list of food you eat
that just might ALREADY contain GE products. Greenpeace promotes
the labeling of food with GE products. Find out why.
presents The Man-Made Man
"Helping a Cop Get Back on His Feet" and "Blazing a Trail in Biotechnology"
are two interesting examples of biotechnology and medicine. Check
out the links to
in the second story.
Biotech Knowledge Center
What does an agricultural corporation think about biotechnology?
Monsanto has a whole Web site devoted to the topic. Check out the
glossary, read articles, and get some biotech basics.
National Human Genome Research Institute's Glossary of Genetic Terms
Short definitions, expanded "talking" definitions, and illustrations
help you understand genetic terms.
This is an excellent site that provides more information on the
human genome. You can read or watch interviews
with three people who had a hand in cracking the genome code.
Check out a timeline
of people who advanced some interesting ideas of genetics. Don't
forget to read the interview with Dr. Kitcher in
Manipulating Genes: How Much is too Much? .
Nova and Frontline, two investigative news programs, got together
to research genetic engineering in our food in Harvest of Fear.
your own crop. Check out some foods that will soon have a GE
variety (requires Flash). Hear what some
experts have to say about GE. And much, much more.
NewsHour with Jim LehrerA Spotlight Focus on Genetic Research
Read a transcript from a NewsHour broadcast story on Gene
Therapy. Listen to and read about the debate on human genome
research. Look at the evolution of genetic research. Get a closer
look at people affected by gene therapy.
Tech Museum of Innovation presents DNA: The Instruction Manual for
A very good overview of DNA and genetics. Explore the issues DNA
brings up in some real-world examples.
of Minnesota Extension Services
Maybe you want to learn about topics and issues important to farmers.
This site covers all sorts of topics, like pesticides, chemical
safety, seed selection, and much more.