Resources for Teachers
Staffed by the American Institute of Biological Sciences, this site aims to promote bioscience literacy. The site provides articles by scientists, science educators, and science students on issues related to environment, biodiversity, genomics, biotechnology, evolution, new frontiers in science, and bioscience education. This site also provides lessons and resources for teachers.
This U.S. government site lists genetically engineered foods that the Food and Drug Administration considers safe for humans to eat.
Biotechnology in Food and Agriculture
This site by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations includes the FAO statement on biotechnology, FAO documents on biotechnology in food and agriculture, and national policy documents related to biotechnology, including those of the European Community and other FAO member nations.
Council for Biotechnology Information
This industry-sponsored site provides information promoting the use of agricultural and food biotechnology.
DESTINY Traveling Science Learning Program
The DESTINY Traveling Science Learning Program is Morehead Planetarium and Science Center’s formal science education initiative serving pre-college teachers and students across North Carolina. DESTINY develops and delivers a standards-based, hands-on curriculum, teacher professional development opportunities, and enriched learning for students who otherwise would not be able to experience what jobs in science, biotechnology, health, and related fields can offer them.
In the DNAi site by the Dolan DNA Learning Center, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, explore the history of how scientists discovered DNA and how it works. With 3D animations, interviews, and interactive components, this site offers a complete overview of the function and applications of DNA. Teachers can receive free access to a lesson builder tool for making lessons using DNAi content.
Embryonic Stem Cells
This 5-minute animated tutorial explains the source and potential applications of embryonic stem cells.
Explore More: Genetic Engineering
The Iowa Public Television site provides highly readable information about genetic engineering, including its uses, controversial issues, different viewpoints, links to brief special interest stories related to genetic engineering, and animations illustrating how recombinant DNA technology is used to produce human insulin from bacteria.
Genetically Engineered Organisms Public Issues Education Project
Developed at Cornell University, this site aims to provide objective information about the scientific, social, and ethical issues surrounding genetic engineering, with a focus on controversial genetic modifications, genetically engineered foods on the U.S. market, risks and benefits, and regulation.
GreenFacts is a Belgian non-profit, non-advocacy organization that takes complex scientific consensus reports on health and the environment and translates them for non-specialists. These peer-reviewed digests are written in a question-and-answer format at three levels of increasing detail. Topics include agriculture and genetically modified crops.
National Institutes of Health Office of Biotechnology Activities
The NIH Office of Biotechnology Activities monitors scientific progress in human genetics research and provides policy advice to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on the medical, ethical, legal, and social issues raised by the development and use of genetic technologies.
National Institutes of Health Resource for Stem Cell Research
This NIH site includes Frequently Asked Questions about stem cells, information on policy in the United States related to stem cell research, links to citations and abstracts of scientific articles, and an extensive annotated list of other online resources.
North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research
NCABR offers "Rx for Science Literacy" teacher professional development workshops at locations throughout North Carolina. This site also includes lesson plans related to biomedical research and information about the NCABR's "Debates in Biomedicine" series on the societal, ethical, legal, and policy implications of scientific and technological developments.
North Carolina Biotechnology Center
The North Carolina Biotechnology Center offers biotechnology workshops and a video loan program for North Carolina educators. This site also includes extensive information about the biotechnology industry and how to prepare for different careers in biotechnology.
North Carolina's Bioscience Clearinghouse
This site includes a glossary, overviews of the areas of bioscience, and links to many other resources, as well as information about careers, hot topics, news, teacher professional development opportunities, and student educational opportunities.
20 Questions on Genetically Modified Foods
This World Health Organization Web page provides information about the nature and safety of genetically modified food in a question-and-answer format.
Union of Concerned Scientists: Genetic Engineering
The Union of Concerned Scientists argues for strengthening U.S. regulation of agricultural biotechnology products. This site includes information on risks and benefits of genetic engineering.
PBS: Harvest of Fear
In a two-hour video, "Harvest of Fear," FRONTLINE and NOVA explore the debate over genetically modified food crops. The report interviews scientists, farmers, biotechnology and food industry representatives, government regulators, and critics of biotechnology. The site includes online activities, information, and an annotated list of links related to genetically modified crops.