CGS Teaching Resources

Looking for resources to bring discussions of human genome editing into your classroom? Check out the themed teaching modules below, each containing suggestions for videos, readings (at a range of levels with most available for free), and discussion questions that explore the ethical and social implications of human gene editing from a social justice and human rights perspective. We will be adding new modules to this list, so be sure to check back. If you have feedback, of if you would like to see something specific, email us at [email protected]


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Human Genome Editing: Intro to Ethical and Social Implications

Guided lesson using TedEd platform (self-paced online lesson, educators can customize for use with their students): 

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Questions to spark discussion:

  • What is the difference between somatic and heritable (or germline) gene editing and why is it important?
  • What are some of the ethical concerns about changing the genes of future generations?
  • In what ways might heritable genome editing affect inequality?
  • Who should decide whether gene editing can be used to alter future generations? How should this decision be made?

Human Genome Editing from a Disability Rights Perspective

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Readings:

Questions to spark discussion:

  • What is ableism? How does it distort thinking about genome editing?
  • Why is it important to include the perspectives of disabled people in debates about heritable genome editing?
  • What are some of the difficulties in drawing lines between uses of heritable genome editing to correct disease and to attempt enhancements?
  • What role does eugenic thinking play in societal debates about heritable genome editing?

For more, see CGS’s resource page for teaching and learning about disability rights and heritable genome editing.


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