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Module 3: Should We Genetically Engineer Organisms? Initial Post by Weds & Final Post by Friday (15 points)

It is best for you to post your initial post by Wednesday and your final responses no later than the deadline. This is optional, but it helps the entire class if you are proactive on submitting your posts so that others can have time to respond.


Discussion Prompt:

Should we genetically engineer complex living organisms like mosquitoes or humans? Support your opinion with a piece of scientific based literature/media.

A few caveats that must be followed for this delicate discussion:

1-We are only focused on the modification of organisms via genetic modification tools at the cellular level. This discussion is not to include anything around selective breeding (i.e. dog breeding, horse breeding, etc). Make sure you understand the difference.

2- Even though this is asking your viewpoint, you must keep everything evidence based and supported with science. Your values and belief systems influence your viewpoints, of course, but what I want you to do here is find evidence to support those. I want you to stretch beyond the easy answer of "I do or don't think so because that's just what I believe". Those beliefs are important and I want to honor them, but in an effort to keep things science based, please leave any personal belief systems out of this discussion and focus solely on the reputable science articles or media you have found to support your position.

3-Self check your bias as much as possible.



Your original/first post must be a minimum of a minimum of 45 seconds and a maximum of 3 minutes. Your response videos must be at least 30 seconds each per student for credit and should be a meaningful response that demonstrates that you watched their video and have thought about how you will articulate a response. It goes above and beyond, “Good job” and “I agree”. .

Videos must show your face and be in your own voice – just as you would if you were in a physical class chatting with other students. The videos on FlipGrid can’t be shared and stay only in our private group – so don’t worry about the videos you post and share in FlipGrid leaving our classroom.


All should be well thought out, and always use professional, kind language. This is an opportunity to converse academically on some of the topics brought about in this assignment. It is not an opportunity to use abusive language or personal attacks of any kind. No exceptions.

You must do one initial post video in response to the above prompt and at least 2 video response posts in order to receive full credit.

Success Criteria (Grading Rubric):

A successful submission of your videos where we can see and hear you looks like this:

  1. You have recorded and uploaded a short video (a minimum of 45 seconds and a maximum of 3 minutes please) responding to the prompt above – this is considered your initial post. This video doesn’t need to be fancy, we just need to see and hear you. If you have any questions or concerns about creating or sharing a video, please reach out to me and let’s work together towards success. (5 points)

  2. You have logged back in and replied in video form to two additional students in a substantive way after watching their videos. We must be able to see and hear you in each of these response posts. (5 points each, for a total of 10 points).

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