Genome editing Creative Commons, Attribution alone (BY)
Authors: Agnese Collino, Giulia Sacchi, Chiara Segré, Eva Scaini, Dania Puggioni, Alessandro Vitale
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This module aims at drawing students attention on the fact that our genome is much less “crystallized” than we think: our DNA is continuously prone to a whole range of mutations, and continuously corrected by endogenous repair systems. Students will be involved in a “text editing” activity; a “metaphore” to help them recognize different types of mutations affecting our DNA (form “typos” like point mutations to editing of entire “paragraphs” like chromosome deletions). Furthermore, since the dawn of times, man has seeked the most convenient ways to modify the surrounding environment as needed, including the genetic background of other organisms, to select desired characteristics. The discovery of DNA, and the set up of new techniques to analyze it to a crescent level of detail, enabled the birth of genetic engineering first, and more recently of genome editing. A brand new scenario, that opens up almost-limitless possibilities, along with ethical questions.

Technical requirements
  Projector, screen, PDF (interactive)

Workforce in Medicine

In the EU, jobs for health professionals - such as health practitioners, nursing professionals, and paramedicals - grew by 9% in the past five years. Jobs for health associate professionals - such as lab technicians and medical assistants - grew by 13%. Overall, they account for 6% of all jobs in the EU. As of 2016, around 13 million European health workers are employed. Most of them work in the health & social care sector. A small minority of health professionals works in other sectors - for example as consultants, professors, or public servants. In the next years, jobs for health professionals will increase by 5%, and jobs for health associates will increase by 10%.

  120 min
Number of staff
Education Level
15-18 years
25+ years
Science Discipline
Classroom use
Supervision required
Teacher supervision required
Knowledge prerequisites
Advanced: material is most suitable for advanced students interested in the topic
Operating system
Technical requirements
Printed materials required
Projector or large screen required
Installation effort
No installation required on typical computer
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