Star Trek the Next Generation®:
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Genetic Engineering, Geriatrics, Viral Infection, Adaptation/Mutation.
Grade Levels: 5-8; 9-12
National Science Content Standards
C = Life Science
F = Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
G = History and Nature of Science
A genetically engineered lifeform at a research station causes rapid aging of
its crew. The Enterprise's doctor beams aboard to help with the antidote, but is
stricken with the disease. Only through the use of the transporter can the
people be saved.
The relationship of DNA, genes and cells is involved. The search for
antibodies for a viral infection parallels present procedures. Detailed
description of human aging.
A person's permutation molecular pattern is revived from the transporter
and used to save her. The transporter technology of beaming and reassembling
matter is erroneous.
There is no known way to travel or communicate faster than light.
Media Center Extension:
Assist a class in a research project concerning genetic diseases:
b. Down's Syndrome
c. Sickle Cell Anemia
d. Fragile X Syndrome
e. Beta Thalassemia
f. Cystic Fibrosis
Host a student debate on “ the benefits and risks of genetic engineering.”