Design Your Own GMO

Lesson Overview


For this lesson, students will be learning about the process of genetic engineering, comparing and discussing various foods & organisms that are engineered, and will finish by designing their own GMO in an effort to solve a global problem. Their newly modified organisms will be displayed on an infographic (or something similar) and then shared with their classmates in a forum type setting. This lesson was inspired by the work of SDSU scientist, José Gonzalez, who works on sequencing out the genomes of native prairie grasses in this region in an effort to then later modify these plants to live in a variety of environmental conditions. These plants could then later be used as biofuels in areas where traditional crop growing is not possible.

About the Scientist

Jose Gonzales