1. What are the human genome project, cloning, DNA fingerprinting, genetic engineering, and stem cells? What are some pros and cons of each issue? Do you support each issue? Explain.
2. Recently, a newspaper headline read “Scientists Create Life.” Actually, scientists had strung together a chain of nucleotides to make a strand of DNA. This was the first time DNA had been synthesized in a laboratory; it has been synthesized many times since that first headline. Based on what you now know about the characteristics of living things and DNA, why do you think the early story was “Scientists Create Life?”
3. How does the structure of DNA lead to its function? Maybe along the lines of how the nitrogen base sequence denotes inherited traits?