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Ethics of Genetic Modification in Coral

Subject ScienceBiology
Grade Level Grades 5-9


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Activity Description | 60 minutes

Media: Warming waters are killing coral. Is it ethical to breed bleaching-resistant coral? Hear different opinions on the ethics of assisted gene flow.

Activity: Ethical reflection - Should we create a supercoral? Students learn about genetic modification and assisted gene flow, then consider the pros and cons of genetically modifying coral. Finally, they reflect on how scientific innovation can lead to both beneficial and negative effects.

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About Ocean School
This is a free educational resource from the Canadian Government about the ocean, through the Ocean Frontier Institute at Dalhousie University and the National Film Board of Canada. Ocean School provides free, media-rich, ocean-based resources in multiple subjects for students in grades 5–12. Created by educators, scientists and storytellers, these interactive learning materials help students understand our influence on the ocean and the ocean’s influence on us.

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Please note: Ocean School activities are not stand-alone lessons (they do not cover all aspects of one topic or subject) but instead supplement learning through dynamic and engaging experiences


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