Year 10 Science Assessment Task: Research

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Year 10 Science Assessment Task - Research

What is biotechnology?
Biotechnology is the use of bimolecular and cellular processes in order to develop new technology and products that will provide assistance towards improving lives and the general health of our planet, Earth. The biological processes of microorganisms have been in use for more than 6,000 years in order to make useful day-to-day products, for example food products, such as bread and cheese and as well as the preserving of dairy products.
Why I believe that it is important to understand Biotechnology more?
It is important to understand biotechnology more as it is:
• Reducing rates of infectious disease
• Saving millions of children's lives
• Changing the odds of serious, life-threatening conditions affecting millions around the world.
• Tailoring treatments to individuals to minimize health risks and side effects.
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• Mutations – in cloning, somatic cells play a significant role; when these cells contains mutations, the cloned animal can be weak or it could have lethal effects on the subject.
• Early death or premature aging – when somatic cells undergo telemetric shortening during cloning, the results can be early death of the animal or premature aging.

List and discuss the ethical issues associated with the form of Biotechnology that you have chosen:
Opponents of cloning have concerns that:
• It may lead to the generation of humans from whom organs and tissues would be harvested.
• It could be prone to abuse
• Technology is not yet developed enough to be safe
• Concerns about how cloned individuals could integrate with families and with society at large.
Your Opinion
My Opinion is that it is a bad process because there is a risk of mutations. This can result in deaths and extreme abnormalities in the cloned

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