Genetic Engineering Challenge – How Can Scientists Develop a Type of Rice That Could Prevent Vitamin A Deficiency?

This Genetic Engineering Challenge – How Can Scientists Develop a Type of Rice That Could Prevent Vitamin A Deficiency? activity & project also includes:

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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.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • 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
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of DNA, proteins, transcription, and translation
Pros

  • Offers many extension ideas
  • Requires absolutely no lab supplies or technology
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS