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Year 10 Biotechnology: Genetic screening

Claim 3

Genetic screening of embryos will give people the power to control personal traits.

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Step 1

Step 1. Identify the Key Terms of the Claim

Genetic screening of embryos will give people the power to control personal traits.

Step 2

Step 2. Identify Synonyms, Search Terms and Phrases



Search Term/ Phrase

Gene screening

Genetic testing

genetic diagnosis

DNA testing

"gene* test*" OR "DNA test*"


fertilized/ fertilised egg

Fetus/ Foetus


Embryo OR f?tus

Personal traits







traits OR genes 


Step 3

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


Consider the following:

  • How will the genetic screening occur

  • Who will have the screening

  • Which traits will be controlled 

  • Who is given the power

  • What will they do with the power

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.

Here are some example articles to get you started

Step 6

Step 6. Develop a draft Research Question.

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