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Genetics and Bioengineering

The Societal Impacts of Mutations

Key Learning Targets

Students will:

  • Compare and contrast random, spontaneous, naturally occurring changes in DNA (mutations) against changes in DNA that are induced or directed by humans, such as in genetic engineering.
  • Compare and contrast natural and artificial selection, and relate selection to evolution—change in a population over time.
  • Use photographs to discuss specific examples of GMOs and their potential impact on society.

Grade Level

High School

Classroom Connections

Life Science
Physical Science

Curriculum Snapshot

  • The content of this photo collection and associated activities aligns with and supplements a life science curriculum, particularly concepts of the central dogma (DNA, RNA and protein), heredity, natural selection, and evolution.

Video Connection



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