New technologies have made understanding and adapting genetic material faster, cheaper and more accurate. This gives rise to potential applications for addressing challenges in human health, agriculture and the environment. As well as considering what genetic technologies can now be used for, scientists and society must also consider what they should be used for in the future.
The Royal Society ran a public dialogue in the UK in 2017 to explore the range of views that individuals hold concerning which potential applications for genetic technologies should be developed, why, and under what conditions. A number of resources, including infographics and information sheets, were produced during and after this dialogue.
Teachers from the Royal Society Schools Network have developed two lesson plans introducing genetic technologies that can support students at GCSE level to learn more about this rapidly developing field.
Genetic technologies lesson plans
Age 15-16 (Key stage 4)
Animations and infographics
If you use any of these resources with your class, please do email us with any feedback you have so we can review the impact these resources are having in schools across the UK.