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What is Cystic Fibrosis?

PrimaryPrimary MiddleMiddle High SchoolSecondary

NumeracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Numeracy

Personal and social capabilityAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Personal and social capability

LiteracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Literacy

CriticalAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking

1. Look at the following video
https://youtu.be/PjoE-yzyDNk

 

 

2. What are the numbers shown in this video? What do they mean?

3. Read about the disease from the CF website:

CF Australia

 

4. Look at the following video and read the article about Alex Stobbs
https://youtu.be/Vs-wEtQvnM4

 

 

The Guardian

A boy called Alex

5. If there is someone at your school with CF ask if you can interview them.  Find out their strategies to cope with lack of salt, raised mucous levels, the number of medications they have to take as well as the sport or cultural activities they are involved with.

6. You are to create a follow-up story about Alex Stobbs. Talk about his life and his achievements.

Create a poster for sufferers of CF to give them courage to face their life with this disease.

7. What could your class do for Jeans for Genes Day to raise funds for CF research?

Jeans for Genes

 


New DNA study confirms ancient Aborigines were the First Australians

 High SchoolSecondary

IndigenousAustralian Curriculum Cross Curriculum Priorities: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures

CriticalAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking

1. Read the following article New DNA study confirms ancient Aborigines were the First Australians from The Conversation 8 June 2016 Reading

The Conversation 08062016

2. Analyse the article by answering the following questions:

  • What were the claims of the first lot of scientists? Who were these scientists?

  • What is different about the scientific process between the first and second study?

  • What are the implications? Social? Ethical? Australian and International?

3. Discussion

As a class, discuss these questions.

 

 

The Ethical Implications of Human Genome Project

MiddleMiddle High SchoolSecondary

Ethical Understanding Australian Curriculum General Capability: Ethical Understanding

Personal and social capabilityAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Personal and social capability

1. Watch the following YouTube: Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Genetic Knowledge
https://youtu.be/Apjebtal8bQ

 

Transcript of ELSI Multimedia Video

"The scientists who launched the Human Genome Project believed in the power of genetic information to transform health care to allow earlier diagnosis of diseases than ever before possible and to fuel the creation of powerful new medicines.

But it was also clear that genetic information could potentially be used in ways that are hurtful or unfair - for example denying health insurance because of an increased risk for developing a particular disease.

Aware of the danger and hoping to ward it off, the founders of the Human Genome Project created a program to explore the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of new genetic knowledge. The goal was to anticipate problems that might arise and to prompt solutions.

For example, in the future, doctors will likely be able to give each of us a "genetic report card" that will spell out our risk of developing a variety of different diseases. But will we really want that information? How will it be used? Who will have access our genetic information? How will it affect our lives, our families, and our communities?

The challenge of addressing these issues is not reserved for scientists. We all have a stake in making sure that everyone will benefit from genetic research and no one is harmed."

2. Read at least 2 articles from The Conversation, Human Genome Project and make a list of the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of what is discussed there. Reading

Human Genome Project

3 With a partner, share what you have learnt. Are there any more ethical concerns you have that are not stated here?

4. As a class, share what each pair has learnt.

 

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