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C21 Science

B1 You and your genes

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Genetics are rarely out of the news. For news reports on recent events take a look at the Guardian website ( where you will also find links to other related science topics.

Activity B1.2.1

NCBE website

The National Centre for Biotechnology Education (NCBE), website has pages with the  protocols for a wide range of school biotechnology practical activities.

Activity B1.2.2

Astonishing story of twins separated at birth (Herald Sun)

This story about a pair of twins in the US separated at birth for a research project into nature or nurture provides material for an ethical debate.

A truly unbreakable bond (Daily Mail)

This story is about a pair of twins in the UK separated at birth when both were given up for adoption.

Activity B1.4.3

Caster Semenya wins 800m gold but cannot escape gender controversy (The Guardian)

This story describes the beginning and the end of the controversy surrounding Caster Semenya, a South African track athlete with hyperandrogenism.

Lesson B1.7

Contact details:

Activity sheet AB1.7.2 is available as an A2 poster from the UYSEG project office at York.

Activity B1.7.1

Chorionic villus sampling and amniocentesis (The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG))

This pdf document provides patient information for a woman considering CVS or amniocentesis.

Activity B1.7.3

The Guardian Genetics website 

The Guardian Ethics website

The Guardian website includes a wide range of report around current genetics and ethics issues

Lesson B1.10.2

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

The HFEA provides information for patients, donors, and donor-conceived people.