Curriculum & Resources

Bioethics of Gene Editing

Is It Ethical? Image of DNA strand

Lyme disease is a pervasive problem in the United States. Kevin Esvelt, a scientist at MIT, is trying to use gene editing to disrupt the cycle of transmission. In this module, students learn about gene editing using the CRISPR process and consider the ethics of four case studies in which biotechnology is used to solve human problems. After learning about specific cases, students decide whether they agree or disagree with using gene editing to help solve a human problem and share their thoughts with their classmates.

Resources (link)
Resource Type
Appropriate Ages
Upper Secondary
Resource Topic
Biotech & Environment
Biotech & Society