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Year 10 Biotechnology: Gene Modification

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Claim 1: Gene modification to grow crops have the potential to produce more food with higher nutritional value than traditional crops.

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step 1

Step 1. Identify the Key Terms of the Claim

Gene modification to grow crops have the potential to produce more food with higher nutritional value than traditional crops.

Step 2

Step 2. Identify Synonyms, Search Terms and Phrases

Term

Synonym

Search Term/ Phrase

eg. Gene Modification

GM

Genetic Engineering

Genetic Manipulation

Transgentic

"Gene* modif*"

"Gene* Engin*"

Crops

vegetables

fruit

grain

More Food

increased yield

yield potential

Nutritional

nourishment

sustenance

Biofortification

Nutrigenomics

 

Step 3

Step 3. Develop Refining Questions to Narrow the Claim - Who, What, Which, How...

 

Consider the following:

  • Which crops

  • What nutritional benefits 

  • How will the benefits be measured

  • How will the yield be measured

  • Who is consuming the crops

  • Who is producing the crops

Step 4

Step 4. Add to your Terms, Synonyms and Search Terms/ Phrases table.

Step 5

Step 5. Do background research to answer your Refining Questions. 

 

Go to Searching Databases for information on HOW to search the databases effectively. Remember to use the LIMITERS to make your search more specific and relevant.

  • Example of a Search using the Terms and Search Phrases:  

  • (crop OR food) AND "gene* modif*"  AND (nutrients OR biofortification)

  • From this search, read articles that appeal to you. 

  • Add to your search terms

  • Find similar articles that interest you. 

  • IF you think there is ENOUGH information and research about your chosen topic, develop your research question.

Here are some example articles to get you started

Step 6

Step 6. Develop a draft Research Question.