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Year 10 Biotechnology: Genetically modified organisms

Claim 2

Claim 2: Genetically modified organisms provide improved foods that benefit human health.

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Step 1

Step 1. Identify the Key Terms of the Claim

Genetically modified organisms provide improved foods that benefit human health.

Step 2

Step 2. Identify Synonyms, Search Terms and Phrases



Search Term/ Phrase

eg. Genetically modified


Genetic Engineering

Genetic Manipulation


"Gene* modif*"

"Gene* Engin*"




Improve food


increased yield

yield potential


human health




Step 3

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

Consider the following:

  • Which organism

  • What food improvements

  • What health benefits

  • How will the improvements be measured

  • Who is consuming the organism

  • Who is producing the organism

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:  


  • 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.


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Step 6

Step 6. Develop a draft Research Question.