This Genetic Engineering Challenge – How Can Scientists Develop a Type of Rice That Could Prevent Vitamin A Deficiency? activity & project also includes:
Brown rice contains vitamins B and E, while white rice lasts longer in storage. The availability of rice around the world makes it a great candidate for genetic engineering. Scholars apply their knowledge of genetic engineering to solve how to add vitamin A to a new type of rice. They discuss the important considerations and the process of changing the DNA inside rice.
- Bring in both white and brown rice to examine under the microscope and discuss the differences
- Discuss the importance of understanding the proper amount of vitamin A and how much is absorbed through eating
- Relies on prior knowledge of DNA, proteins, transcription, and translation
- Offers many extension ideas
- Requires absolutely no lab supplies or technology