2015_GenesEnvironmentAndGeneticComplexity-AggressionInHumansLP_pgEd.doc

2015_GenesEnvironmentAndGeneticComplexity-AggressionInHumansLP_pgEd.doc

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Title: Genes, environment and genetic complexity: Aggression in humans Aim: How do genetic factors impact complex human behaviors such as aggression? Time : This lesson can be adjusted to fill 1 or 2 classes. Guiding Questions: What are the key scientific concepts to understand when talking about the genetic basis of aggression? What roles do genes, or combinations of genes, play in how we behave? What are the personal and societal questions as we look to understand the genetic basis of complex behaviors? Learning Objectives: By the end of the lesson, students will be able to: Define genetic complexity. Discuss the benefits and concerns of seeking an understanding of the genetic underpinnings of behavior. Analyze the ethical dilemmas regarding how information about genes and aggression might be used in society and for individuals. Materials: Projector or Smartboard, laptop, paper and pens. Common Core Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.2 Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text’s explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.6 Analyze the author’s purpose in providing an explanation, describing a procedure, or discussing an experiment in a text, defining the question the author seeks to address. Rev. 2015 www.pgEd.org 1
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CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.8 Assess the extent to which the reasoning and evidence in a text support the author’s claim or a recommendation for solving a scientific or technical problem. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.9 Compare and contrast findings presented in a text to those from other sources (including their own experiments), noting when the findings support or contradict previous explanations or accounts. Background information and note to teachers: Questions about whether genetics can, in part, explain violent, aggressive behavior in humans are not new. Recent episodes of large-scale violence, whether in schools or other public places, have renewed discussion about the intersection of crime, mental health and genetics. Where do the scientific and ethical debates stand on this issue in 2015? Genetic analysis is becoming a much larger part of healthcare and having a great impact on varied aspects of society. New techniques are allowing us to better understand the connections between genes and human health, improve medical care, and help extend people’s lives. The cost of the technology that made the Human Genome Project possible is plummeting, and genetic analysis is increasingly available to a broader population. In 2015, companies continue to compete to bring the cost of sequencing a human genome to $1,000 (US).
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