We create interactive lessons that help high school and college educators to engage their students in discussions of ethics and personal genetics. Each lesson can stand alone, or all the lessons can be taught as a unit.
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Unit Overview: Preparing to teach the lessons
Athletes, sports, and personal genetics: What are the ethical and scientific questions?
Download lesson plan as a Word Document or PDF.
Download an overview of Genetics and Sports and supplemental Sports and Genetics PowerPoint slides.
Your genome: What does your DNA say about you? (A scientific primer)
Download PowerPoint slides
NEW: We are developing an annotated reading list - click here for a recently updated version.
We are always working to add new lessons to our curriculum. Here are a few of the topics currently under development:
Genetics in the media: How to become an informed consumer
Newborn screening: Debating how much parents should find out about their children’s DNA
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A note on the materials in our lessons: Some of the lessons contain a small amount of copyrighted material, from news and academic sites, the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. As a non-profit educational organization, we are making these materials available to advance education and public engagement around ethics and genetics. We believe this constitutes a ‘fair use’ of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond ‘fair use’, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
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