The world of biotechnology is constantly changing and developing with changes in scientific understanding and technology. In the wide field of biotechnology, researchers are developing solutions for issues in human health, conservation, and agriculture. Some many comment that humans have developed ways to combat the rise in the world population with innovative biological technologies. With all of this dynamic science, students need to understand the tools and the actions needed for real use of biotechnologies. Yet students also need to understand that new and changing scientific fields have many unanswered ethical questions. In order to discuss the ethical implications of biotechnology, we must first understand the “How” and look at the process that scientists take to complete these scientific tasks. In this unit students will use three focused units of study to understand the processes and application of biotechnology and understand the ethical considerations.
Author: Beth Helms