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Student activity: Ethics of modifying cows with human genes

YearRangeCurriculumStrand

11-13
13

Upper Secondary
Year 13 only

Science


Technology


Nature of Science
Living World

Nature of Technology

Overview

In this activity, students explore different stakeholders’ perspectives on using transgenic cows to make medicines and weigh up the consequences, both benefits (pluses) and harms (minuses) in order to guide decision-making on this issue. The activity forms part of the unit plan Ethics of transgenic cows.

Purpose

Students discuss an ethical issue using a consequentialist ethical framework, which weighs up the benefits (pluses) and harms (minuses). This approach will encourage class discussion and help students to make an informed and justified decision on this ethical issue.

Keywords

Ethics, transgenics, consequences, harms, benefits, genetic modification.

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