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Teaching ethics

As science and technology advance, ethical issues are brought to the fore not only for scientists and technologists but also for the general public. The New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) reflects this ...

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Ethics thinking toolkit

Download the Ethics thinking toolkit, which provides a structured framework for scaffolding student thinking about an ethical issue. Using the Ethics thinking toolkit Before students attempt ...

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Ethical thinking in science

In this recorded professional learning session, Lyn Rogers and Andrea Soanes explore the Science Learning Hub's Ethics thinking toolkit. They use the toolkit and other Science Learning Hub ...

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DNA profiling

DNA profiling is the process where a specific DNA pattern, called a profile, is obtained from a person or sample of bodily tissue Even though we are all unique, most of our DNA is actually ...

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Impacts of biotechnology on society

Biotechnology has helped improve the quality of people’s lives for over 10,000 years. Today’s biotechnologies vary in application and complexity. However, they all have potential to change our ...

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Transgenic cows – introduction

Scientists at AgResearch in New Zealand have successfully produced healthy transgenic cows that make modified milk or human therapeutic proteins in their milk. What is a transgenic cow ...

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DNA detective

In this activity, students learn about the collection and processing of DNA evidence and use DNA profiling to solve a crime. The activity is designed for use on an interactive whiteboard with the ...

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Xenotransplantation – introduction

Xenotransplantation is when living cells, tissues or organs are transplanted between species. To be successful in humans, xenotransplants must overcome issues of transplant rejection ...

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History of xenotransplantation

Xenotransplantation was attempted unsuccessfully in the early 1900s. Several key research developments over the last 100 years now mean that the first xenotransplant treatments could be available ...

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Techniques used to make transgenic cows

Scientists producing transgenic cows use a range of techniques including DNA cloning, restriction enzyme digests, ligation, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), transfection, nuclear transfer and in ...

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Transgenic cows making modified milk

In 2000, AgResearch generated their first transgenic cows. These cows produced modified or ‘designer’ milk. Discover why the scientists did this research and what they found. Cows with modified ...

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Stem cell research – timeline

The last 10 years have seen a huge increase in research into stem cells, but when did it all begin? 1956 First successful bone marrow transplant between a related donor and recipient is performed ...

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Transgenic cows making therapeutic proteins

Scientists at AgResearch have generated transgenic cows that produce therapeutic proteins in their milk. Here, we explain the advantages and disadvantages of using transgenic technologies to ...

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Crime scene evidence

Forensic scientists collect or process trace evidence such as hair, skin, blood or semen samples that is found at crime scenes. Crime scene evidence can include a wide variety of substances such ...

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Xenotransplantation – timeline

This timeline features some of the key events in xenotransplantation from the early 1900s until 2017. 1902 – Reconnecting blood vessels for organ transplants Alexis Carrel at the Rockefeller ...

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Energy sources through time – timeline

Use this timeline to explore how humans have relied on fossil fuels in the past and how we are looking for, and using, new energy sources. 200,000 BC - Fire used Records of the first controlled ...

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Future uses of transgenic cows

AgResearch scientists have generated transgenic cows with biomedical and agricultural applications. Here, we list potential applications of transgenic cows and describe how a transgenic farm ...

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Antarctic marine ecosystem

The Antarctic ecosystem is unique in that the food chains are very short and often based on the availability of krill, which is vital for all animal life forms living in Antarctica. The waters ...

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Nuclear energy

For many people, the term ‘nuclear energy’ is associated with negative events and feelings. However, it is important to be informed about any topic before developing your own conclusions. What is ...

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What is biotechnology?

‘Biotechnology’ generally refers to the use of a living organism or part of a living organism or process for a specific purpose. This broad definition includes both modern and ancient ...

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Economic impacts of GM crops

Can farmers make a profit from growing genetically modified (GM) food crops? Economic modelling can be used to weigh up different factors that influence the profits that can be gained from ...

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Frameworks for ethical analysis

Ethics is the study of why certain decisions are understood to be morally right or morally wrong, and the reasoned views behind making these judgements. Bioethics involves using an ethical ...

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