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Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering


In Biology 2, the juniors just completed a unit on biotechnology and genetic engineering.  During the course of the unit, they explored a variety of methods that scientists use to modify organisms.  Examples of genetically modified organisms range from the creation of medicines such as insulin to sheep who give milk containing silk protein to pest-resistant crops.  Students explored the advantages and disadvantages of each technology and presented their

ideas to their classmates.  The highlight of the unit involved the students actually genetically engineering E. coli bacteria to contain a Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) gene from a jellyfish. 


-Melinda Bennett,  Minneapolis South High Biology

Education is the most power ful weapon which you can use to change the world.

Nelson  Mandela