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Genetically-Modified Food: Student Laboratory Kit

With the Genetically-Modified Food Genetics Laboratory Kit for biology, gain insight into genetically modified food and compare the growth of traditional soybean seeds with seeds that have been genetically modified.

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Your students will gain insight into genetically modified food as they compare the growth of traditional soybean seeds with seeds that have been genetically modified to withstand the effects of a widely used herbicide. What are the implications for our food supply? What are the advantages to the soybean farmer? This hands-on activity will provide firsthand experience with transgenic crops and serve as a basis to do further study and research on this timely topic. Includes detailed student and teacher materials, soybean seeds, pots, soil, herbicide and all other necessary materials.

Complete for 30 students working in pairs.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms
MS-LS3.A: Inheritance of Traits
MS-LS3.B: Variation of Traits
HS-LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and effect
Structure and function
Stability and change

Performance Expectations

MS-LS1-5. Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.
MS-LS3-1. Develop and use a model to describe why structural changes to genes (mutations) located on chromosomes may affect proteins and may result in harmful, beneficial, or neutral effects to the structure and function of the organism.